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West Norfolk Rugby Club make changes for forthcoming season

West Norfolk Rugby Club have undergone a number of changes during the summer by appointing a new chairman and senior coach for the forthcoming campaign.

Following a successful and positive annual meeting and the annual club dinner the next day, chairman Steve Smith has stepped down and made way for Graham Woodcock.

The club thanks Steve for all his hard work and looks forward to seeing him as a regular supporter after his handover to Graham.

West Norfolk Rugby Club (14842802)
West Norfolk Rugby Club (14842802)

Club coach Aaron Swanborough also stepped down and, after a successful season as director of rugby, Darren Clarke has taken over as senior coach and will be helped by Tom Jones and Reg Dunn.

Adam Fox decided not to continue as skipper, which has allowed Henry Rust to step up and continue his development as a senior player for the club, assuming the captaincy role.

The club extends its thanks to all those who have stepped down and wishes them all the best for the future.

Both the men's and ladies' sections of the club had successful seasons with the men securing a top-four finish and the ladies finishing second in their respective leagues.

The club has moved further towards becoming a limited company, as advised by the RFU, and has also set sights on some huge improvements to the club facilities that hopefully will be ready for 2025.

The youth and minis also had a positive season with many new young players joining the club, but a huge talking point was the success of the colts side, who made the last 16 of the Colts National Cup and the Eastern Counties Plate final.

Following his appointment, coach Clarke said: “I am looking forward to working with a talented group of players together with a new coaching team in order to build on the successes of last season.

“We hope to see lots of new players and old faces returning to boost numbers.

“Although we want to improve on last year in regards to results, our main goals are to play hard and exciting rugby throughout but, most importantly, maintain the enjoyment, core rugby values and social side of the game.”

Awards at the annual dinner were as follows.


Players' player: Hayden Revell; Paul Bradley award (Young Senior Player): Jack Wicks; Most Improved: Sam Mount; Colin Grange award: Will Greenwood; Second XI player of the year: Hamish Straffon-Lawrence.


Coaches Player: Libby Lockwood; Players' player: Rosie Lingham; Most Improved: Leah Watson.

Both the men and women’s sides are recruiting and all players, both new and old, are welcome. The ladies train on Wednesdays from 7pm and the men on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm.


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