Nuneaton RFC has announced its new coaching team ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The Midlands Premier club saw Geraint Davies step down as head coach in April due to time commitments of his day job and GDD coaching business. He succeeded Huw Thomas, who parted company with the Nuns in 2019 and later took up a role at fellow Warwickshire club Newbold.
Nuns’ new team is headed by long-serving hooker Nick Smith.
“It’s a great honour to take over the role as head coach,” he said. “I’ve been associated with the club over many years firstly as a player and more recently as forwards coach and have loved every minute so far.
“The club has a vision for success both on and off the pitch which excites me and I think with the squad of players that we have here already alongside some new guys that are coming in we will have an opportunity to be successful in the coming season.”
Smith will be supported by backs coach Elliott Brown – a scorer of more than 100 Nuns tries – and forwards coach Tom Cheney.
Steve Bird, Nuneaton chairman, welcomed the trio to their new roles.
“These appointments move the club forward and I hope will be popular with players, members and supporters,” he said.
“All three are loyal servants to this club and we appreciate their service. We are sure they will work together harmoniously to keep the wonderful team spirit we have developed, to develop emerging talent and to recruit new players to improve our squad.
“The last year has been challenging to say the least but I am confident it has cemented the bonds the club has with the town of Nuneaton and with the local community.
“I am proud of dedication, selflessness and commitment shown by our whole Club from rugger rats through to the first team.
“I have every confidence this coaching team will progress the Nuns and help our performance.”
The Nuns have not played a competitive match since March 14, 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Their Midlands Premier 2021/22 season is set to kick off on September 4, they will be joined in the division by: Bridgnorth, Broadstreet, Bromsgrove, Burton on Trent, Doncaster Phoenix, Dudley Kingswinford, Newport (Salop), Oundle, Paviors, Sandbach, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and Syston.