Lincoln rugby capitalises on success

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Success on the field is being followed by a growth in player numbers for the Lincoln University Rugby Club.

 

The club has claimed the men’s Metro Division One title for the last two years and in 2016, the Premier Colts title.

Former Division One side coach John Haggart, who has moved into a rugby director role for the club this season, said new lights have been installed on another training field, and there is an increase in former players returning to the club.

“In our Colts grade this year we have large numbers and will be looking to run three teams with one at Premier Colts level and the other two at Colts level.

“Once again we are looking to be a strong force in all competitions,” Mr Haggart said.

The women’s side has also experienced an increase in player numbers and will be coached by Shawn Fibbes and Jessica McMorrow.

Haggart’s move has led to Dave Perrin taking the reins of the top men’s side, supported by former All Black Ben Blair. Bevan Sissons, who was been the successful Premier Colts coach, will move up to also be an assistant coach.

Harry Schuman will run the Division Two team for the first time in 2017 but will be supported by experienced coaches, and Lincoln University stalwarts, Noel Hickland and George Haddow.

Head coach of the Premier Colts is Dave Robertson, who has a lot of experience having coached Burnside seniors to a Division One title in previous years. His assistant coach is Phil Whyman. Coaching the other Colts teams are Allan Lawson and Jamie Rauwhiri. The season starts on April 1 with a gala day at Linwood.