PRE-SEASON for Eccleshall Rugby Club gets under way on Tuesday and so marks a new dawn in the club’s 35 year history.
With coach Steve Teasdale stepping aside after three years in Midlands 3 West North the club has taken the opportunity to take stock.
The Baden Hall outfit has decided that the club should put in place a coaching team to work with the various team captains to reinvigorate the playing side.
The aim for both the 1st and 2nd XV is to challenge for promotion from their respective leagues. It is also hoped that this new on-field impetus will aid recruitment and Eccleshall will be able to re-establish its 3rd XV during the first months of the 2014/15 season.
Eccleshall RUFC have appointed Steve Dolphin as senior club coach for the forthcoming season. He returns to Eccleshall having coached them to promotion in 2011.
Since then Dolphin has coached Newport (Salop) in National 3 Midlands as well as leading Shropshire to success in the North Midlands Championship.
Dolphin’s first task back at Eccleshall was to build a coaching team to work with him and he has recently announced that former first team fly half Stuart Davies will be his assistant and former 1st XV captain and founder member Jamie Watt is back on board as forwards coach.
Nick Hulse will continue to captain the 1st XV and Mikey Wilshaw will be taking on the 2nd XV captaincy succeeding David Trigg who stepped down at the end of last season.
Pre-season training at Baden Hall starts on July 1 at 7pm and sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday up to the start of the season.
Club chairman Tim West said: “It’s great to have Dolph back, having coached us to promotion in 2011.
“He’s spent a number of years coaching at a higher level and we very much hope he will benefit Eccleshall. It’s also great that he has appointed two former players.”