Wolfpack turn to nearby clubs to boost squad as focus turns local
The Wolfpack have revealed a more local approach to recruitment with their new director of rugby applauding the work of nearby clubs and schools in fostering talent.
There is just over one month to go until Bury St Edmunds RUFC attempt to break down the 2018/19 National Two South season, with the club preparing to field 11 new arrivals in three pre-season friendlies.
They will first welcome Old Elthamians to The Haberden on Saturday, August 11and will look to give their signings debut appearances.
Seven Suffolk and Norfolk players have followed last week’s four more international arrivals, as the club turn to local clubs and schools for youth talent.
Alongside the arrivals of Thurston number 8 Ruaraidh Williams and former Diss fly half Aaron Forrest is centre/full-back Stephen Gaines from Lowestoft and Yarmouth.
They will be joined by two St Joseph’s College graduates in winger Levi-Jack Roper and fly half Jack Johnson as well as former Ipswich second row Mike Graham and half-back Corey Button.
Director of rugby Jon Curry, who will oversee the team, selection and training, said: “We have to appreciate the work other clubs and local schools throughout Suffolk and Norfolk are achieving in developing talented players.
“With good youth set-ups and quality coaching teams such as Ipswich and Norwich, many clubs are developing very talented young players.
“To give their players a chance to develop further by playing at a higher level, these clubs have engaged with us in the best interest of the players.
“Tui Uru (for example) came through the ranks at Ipswich, trained hard at Bury last season and is now an important member of our squad.”
The club has also restructured its coaching set-up, with Curry moving from head coach to the bigger role.
Terry Sands, meanwhile, has been named chairman, Ross Finley comes in as general manager – with a community rugby focus – and Kevin Maggs becomes director of performance.
Sands said: “Over the last few seasons we have started to develop strong ties with local schools and colleges which is undoubtedly beneficial for all parties, us, the school and the player.
“For the 18/19 season we have invested further by adding to our community department coaches where we shall also engage with junior clubs within Suffolk and Norfolk, offering to help them with their player development and coach education.
“Jon Curry has huge experience in this area from his time at Leicester Tigers and most recently with Northampton Saints and is very keen to pass on some of his knowledge and experience.”
Ahead of next week’s pre-season match, the club are holding a Meet the Players session tomorrow (Saturday), where supporters will be able to watch an open training session followed by a barbecue (3.30pm).