East Durham College Rugby Coach Lands New Regional Role
Tue, 2001-12-11 00:00
An East Durham College rugby coach has been selected to take on an extra new role representing the region.
East Durham community rugby league coach Rob Jones has been appointed North East Colleges’ Rugby League U19s Head Coach.
And Rob, who has already coached the successful north east university select squad for four years, is ecstatic to take up the role and hopes to bring some success to the colleges’ side.
Rob said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m over the moon to take on the role.
“I hope the squad can be successful but my main aim is that the players involved enjoy playing with the squad and also progress their rugby talent to the next level.”
And Rob will be getting set for a busy few months in his new role as he gears up to put together a new team to represent the region on 22nd March at a national rugby league festival.
Rob added: “We’re going to send out invitations to all colleges soon and it will be open to anyone whether they play rugby league or rugby union.
“So the lads can come and try it and hopefully enjoy it, then we will reduce the squad down to about 20 and they will travel down south to the festival.”
Rob is hoping to also see some of the elite rugby union squad from East Durham College try-out for the team as he believes there is some impressive talent in the College’s squad.
“I’d hope to see a few players come through the trials from East Durham, we have a great selection of players at the College and I would expect to see them impress during the trial stages,” Rob said.
“I especially would love to see some of the lads that maybe were disappointed to not get through at the North of England Colleges’ rugby union trials to come and have a go at the rugby league trials as it gives them another opportunity to play rugby at the next level up.”