Preparing for the 2018/19 season has been a busy time at Tenby United RFC. After the 1st XV narrowly escaped relegation from Division 1 with a fine away win at Felinfoel last season and a full review of Senior Rugby, there will be a new look coaching and management setup for the 1st XV as well as the reintroduction of the Development XV this coming rugby season.
Will Crockford has been unveiled as the new Chairman of rugby at Tenby United this season.
Will is supported in the role with fellow full committee members Harry Bolton, Chunk and Ross Llewellyn.
The group between them have played 424 games for the club and it is very much a case of ploughing all that experience back into the club and supporting the recently appointed senior coaching team in creating a real depth to Tenby United RFC.
Tenby United are extremely pleased to introduce an all new coaching team for the 2018/19 season. Blending Youth and experience together to aid Tenby United’s aim of developing a home grown squad as well as developing our own local coaches to build for a strong future.
Left to right. John Evans, Development XV and backs coach, Ossie Boswell, Forwards coach (scrum), Gareth Thomas, Head coach,Henry Boot, Forwards coach (lineout/defence), Jack Guerreiro, 1st XV Manager
Our very own Jack Guerreiro moves up to 1st XV Manager. Jack is unfortunately out injured for the 2018/19 season following a serious injury in the final game last season against Felinfoel that will require surgery and has a long term recovery period.
Rather than just sit and watch, Jack has taken the decision to plough his eight years experience as a Tenby United First team player to good use and is looking forward to the challenge.
Having played 130 games and scored 175 points for Tenby, playing predominantly as a centre, with the odd spell on the wing or at 10, he is already into planning mode…. ‘Gee’ is a man who loves a text and will rally the boys to get organised. Sharp and quick witted, his energy has already rubbed off on the players.
Jack is back!
After a few years away from the United with Fishguard, Gareth returns as head coach. With his no nonsense, school master style he’s sure to whip the players into shape. Following a successful coaching period with Tenby from 2010-2013 he brings a formal organised plan to his coaching methods. A winner of knockout cups and leagues with Tenby he was a Flank Forward in his playing days. Having played for Pen-y-Graig, South Glamorgan Institute, Cardiff and Tenby United, Gareth loves to encourage a fitness and offloading game which the town’s rugby club has always favoured. We welcome Gareth back to the Seasiders.
John Evans will coach the 1st XV backs as well as head up the Development XV coaching.
Originally from Lampeter, and boasting a level 3 coaching badge, John brings a fresh approach, packed with exciting ideas and focus and comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience; having recently steered Greenhill School 1st XV to the hallowed turf of the Principality Stadium in the showpiece Welsh Rugby Schools Vase final.
Honing his skills as a player alongside Welsh Colossus Luke Charteris at Llandovery youth helped develop his all round rugby. Although ‘measuring up’ to the 6’9” giant would be a huge challenge to anybody. Following a severe injury, John took up coaching with Lampeter 1st XV.
As an IT teacher in Greenhill School, he combines these skills in passing over the substantial bank of information stored away to develop his rugby players. “I was a bit nervous ” he says about coaching his former teammates at Lampeter 1st XV National Division 3, “ but they were very responsive during my 2 years there.”
‘Booty’ is the youngest member of the 1st XV and Development XV coaching teams. Henry is a forward thinking man, a line out specialist and ‘up front’ coach responsible for the defence.
Booty is vital part of the team at ‘Boot of Lydstep’, our superb ground maintenance team at Heywood Lane. Henrys playing career included stints with Scarlets 18’s, Ospreys 20’s, Swansea University, Bridgend, Carmarthen Athletic before finishing up at Narberth as well as a few appearances for Tenby United 1st XV.
Henry is well equipped with experience. Keen to be at the cutting edge of coaching, he’ll be driving forwards in more than a tractor this season.
The experienced ‘Ossie’ returns to Heywood Lane once again to work with the forwards on scrummaging.
Ossies long, hard playing career as a second row forward with Pembroke Dock Quins speaks for itself. Ossie is a true legend of both “The Dock” and more recently Tenby United after his previous coaching stints with the club.
Having worked with Gareth Thomas in previously with the United and following a stint coaching the Quins, the evergreen Ossie is champing at the bit to get his teeth into this season with the club.
The 2018/19 season sees the return of the Development XV playing under the name Tenby United 2’s.
Seen by all in the senior section as a vital link in the development of players leaving the Youth XV, those returning from injury and a place to facilitate ‘social’ rugby.
The Development XV managerial reins have been grabbed by Lee Parsons, another Tenby United player of the past. Lee brings his firm guidance and authority to the table through his experience of management and coaching rugby.
Previous experience as Youth XV coach and manager gives Lee the platform to identify players suitable to step up into the 1st XV while providing the perfect environment for social rugby and creating the ‘everyone is welcome’ culture within the senior section.
Lee will be supported by 1st XV coaches John Evans and Henry Boot as well as Youth XV coaches Richard Rossiter and Leon Gooding.
Without support off the pitch, the Senior Section would struggle to function. 2018/19 sees some fresh new faces appearing as well as some old trusty ones keeping the Senior Teams going.
Russ”Rusty”Millns has been a super stalwart of the club for a staggering 21 years alongside Mike Brace. Now a qualified first aider he has been running the line and tending the senior gear as kit manager for what seems like forever.
Russ came to us after a playing career at his home club, Marple RFC, who were a stand out club in the National Lancashire and Cheshire League. He’s been through thick and thin with Tenby both as Team Manager and also a player when he enjoyed both first and second team rugby.
As regards turning up and being a willing helper he can truly say with hand on heart “I was there!” Trusty Rusty is first to arrive and last to leave, a true champion and legend of the United.
Following a short time out from playing, the brilliant back rower returns to boost the power pack at the Seasiders this year.
Jason now runs a state of the art gym in Tenby, where he regularly runs sessions for the rugby club, he will add to our quiver of coaches; providing fitness, strength and conditioning specific training for the players.
Lloyd qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2016 from Hereford college. After completing his course he worked with a number of clinicians and runs his own business in Tenby.
Lloyd played rugby for Tenby United, Pembroke, Swansea Medics and Llandielo before having to give up the game. Sadly Lloyd lost most of his sight about 4 yrs ago but has soldiered on with various projects. Recently his bravery and determination earned him 3rd place in Britain’s Strongest Disabled Man Competition, a truly magnificent achievement.
Working alongside our physio, Lloyd is the true embodiment of the rugby community and is fantastic to have as part of Tenby United, he will use this strength as part of a team and humour to keep the players in shape and ready for rugby.
Following life member Mike Brace deciding to take a well earned rest(always welcome back Mike) Tenby United RFC are on the look out for a new First Aider to run the sponge bag on match days, if you are interested in the role please make yourself known to anyone within the Senior Section.