BREAKING NEWS: Sudbury Rugby Club’s new coach is revealed

Sudbury Rugby Club's Whittome Field
Sudbury Rugby Club's Whittome Field
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Former Thetford coach and Bury St Edmunds player Ben Scully is the man charged with taking over the helm at Sudbury Rugby Club following Graham Richard’s departure.

Former Bury St Edmunds player Scully, who coached Thetford to Norfolk Junior Cup success last season, has his first meeting with Sudbury’s players at Whittome Field tonight.

Scully, 27, described his appointment as ‘a hell of an opportunity and a very exciting club to come to’.

He was impressed by the quality of the players, and the aspirations of the club.

“Hopefully I can be a part of the club continuing to rise,” he said.

Club chairman Bob Waller said: “Ben is a young and very talented coach and I know he is more than able to move the club forward.”

Scully, who played for both Bury St Edmunds and hometown club Southend at National League level, will continue to work as an RFU community coach in Essex, and with the Eastern Counties under-18s.

Sudbury, who were champions of London League Division 3NE in 2014-15, clinched promotion via the play-offs from Division 2NE last season, and will be playing in London One in 2016-17.

Richards left after clinching his second successive promotion in a four-year spell to move back to his homeland in Wales.

* For an extended interview with new head coach Scully, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press print edition.