RUGBY St Andrews RFC have announced Lloyd Warner as their head coach for the 2019/20 season.
The club are stepping up their preparations for life in Midlands 3 West (South), following relegation last season, but will be confident of bouncing straight back under the tutelage of the Welshman.
Warner has a real pedigree in rugby union, having risen through the ranks as a player at Welsh Premier Division side Bridgend, before first moving to Warwickshire during a spell at Rugby Lions, where he played before moving on to Pontypridd RFC.
He then returned to the Lions, building a partnership with Phil Reed, which led the duo to Newbold-on-Avon – where the pair were integral to the club’s rise through the leagues.
Saints are confident that the players will benefit from Lloyd’s experience in the game and transfer his coaching from training into results on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Craig Jones will take on a new role at the club as director of rugby, and will assist the coaches with building a widespread rugby programme within all ranks of the club.
Ian Spencer will be overseeing affairs with the first team, offering his expertise in both a technical and talent role, whilst Carl Roderick will be helping out with analysis and coaching.
The club are also in talks with a new signing, which is expected to be announced next week, who will be joining as a player-coach – a further statement of intent of the ambitions of the club going forward.