Thu 05 Aug 2021 07:18

Before tomorrow's encounter with Shelford, we would like to outline a few updates from our Wanderers squad.

We are pleased to announce Jacob Prier and Harry Holmes as our co-captains for the 2021-22 season.

Jake joined the club last season and has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in such a short space of time. His ‘can do’ attitude has been infectious amongst the young group and his performances in the modified games in June were impressive.

Originally from New Zealand, Jake studied at the famous Hamilton Boys School where he excelled in rowing and rugby. We look forward to seeing him continue his progress at the club.

Supporting Jake will be young scrum half Harry Holmes. Harry has recently graduated from the Vipers Academy and has shown great desire and application in his first season in senior rugby.

Under the watchful eye of Ben Penfold, he has developed his tactical and technical awareness and will thrive with the added responsibility. 

Harry added, ‘I am thrilled to be named as co-captain of the Wanderers for this season. I hope that other players will now see the progress that I have made through the club and follow in my footsteps. I want to continue to improve and have strong ambitions to become a 1st XV player in the near future’.

The Wanderers have added to their coaching team this season with Tim Marshall taking over as head coach. He joins us from coaching overseas in Belgium and will have responsibility for the backs and team attack. Tim will be supported by Head of Rugby at the Purse School, Simon Thomas and Rob Fielder who will combine with his coaching commitments at Hartpury College. Ian Whitby will continue in the capacity of team manager alongside Mick Collard who will be responsible for logistics.

DoR Richie Williams added, ‘Back in 2020 we made the decision to review our 2nd XV structure and identify what their purpose was in relation to our playing pathway. We quickly decided what we wanted the Wanderers identity to be.

With the help of Ian and the other coaches, we have managed to better align all 3 of our senior teams and lower the age profile of our Wanderers squad. It is our intentions to place a large focus on player development and provide players with a fun and meaningful experience. At this moment, the Wanderers squad are home to a number of ex Colts and Vipers players, and it is our expectation that some of these players can become 1st XV players in the future.

More recently the Wanderers and 3rd XV have been training together and it has been great to see Darren Messenger and Stef Liebenberg sharing their knowledge and expertise.

It will be great to see all 3 teams return to action this month in their respective friendly fixtures.’

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