Devizes RFC is delighted to announce a new coaching team for the 2018/2019 season.  The committee have interviewed a number of applicants over the past few weeks and are delighted to announce that former Devizes, Chippenham, Bath and Exeter Academy player Joe Alford will be taking the reigns as Director of Rugby.  Joe has a wealth of experience in coaching high performance teams, which includes the creation of Body Revolution in Chippenham, where Joe has built a successful Athletic Performance facility from scratch.  The strength and conditioning facility hosts several professional athletes, Olympians and Commonwealth athletes, professional rugby players and a UFC fighter.  Joe is also supporting Lewis Moody’s Mad Dog Rugby as Head of Athletic Development and has the experience to fall back in on his time as an Academy player at Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs. 

Joe said “I'm excited at the challenge of leading a home grown team of coaches, managers and players to further success at Devizes Rugby Club with the first team competing in Southern Counties South and the second team competing in Dorset & Wilts 2 North. As coaches we will develop a simple playing philosophy throughout the club teams that complements our playing resources - fast, attacking rugby built on the foundations of reliable set piece, an athletic team and a dominant defence. We want to make Devizes an exciting and enjoyable club to play rugby for.  We will be looking to build depth in the playing section and focus on the technical, tactical and athletic development of both first and second team players”.

Joe’s announcement has also been confirmed alongside James Gaiger who returns to the senior setup as Lead Coach alongside Chris Hiscock.

Pre-season training starts this coming Tuesday 10th July, 7pm down at Green Lane playing fields.  Sessions will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the season at 7pm with the hope of returning to train up at the club in August. Two pre-season friendlies have now been confirmed with a squad to face Avon RFC away on Thursday 23rd August, 7pm KO, followed by the visit of Wolverhampton RFC to the Chivers Ground on Saturday 1st September, 2pm KO where a 1st and 2nd XV friendlies will take place.

All players who are interested in joining Devizes Rugby Club can contact join@devizesrfc.org.uk for more information or turn up to preseason sessions on Tuesdays and Thursday at 7pm.

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