No sooner have we closed one season,so we must start planning another. After much speculation over which division the First XV will play in next season it has now been confirmed HRUFC will compete in National 3 North.
The following roles have been filled within the rugby management and coaching staff:
- Head Coach – Gareth Lewis (07834 810426)
- Strength & Conditioning – Rob Leighton
- Nutrition – Tom Owen
- 1st Team Captain – Nick Sharpe
- 1st Team Manager – Lee Paxman
- 2nd Team Manager – Bob Hepenstall
- 2nd Team Captain – Henry Ward
- 3rd Team Captain – Duncan Cleave
- Social Secretary – Tom Andrews
Off-Season & Pre-season dates for your diaries:
Social Touch – Thursday 6th June
Social touch will run on every Thursday in June. This is a full club event and will take place on the all-weather pitches while the fields are re-seeded. Please bring down any friends who might who might be tempted join HRUFC revolution.
Lion’s Test Match @ HRUFC – Saturday 22nd June / 29th June / 6th July
The club will be open for the British and Irish Lions test matches broadcast on the big screen. In true Aus style we will be serving ice cold lager and BBQ breakfast – other options available. Club will open at 10:30am for the 11:00am kick off’s.
Pre-Season For Real – Tuesday 2nd July
Pre-season will run every Tuesday and Thursday until the season starts for real. It will focus on the following areas: Conditioned Games, Team Strategies, Unit Skill (set piece, handling, kicking), Defensive Organisation and a bit of fitness. We expect full attendance for these sessions. They are designed to unite the squad and build a cohesive team – that means everyone needs to be involved.
First XV Saturday Boot Camp – 27th July
We will be running a full Saturday training session starting at 10am @ Lockwood Park. The day will involve – hard work and cohesion training, lunch, player led presentations, team structure and detail, BBQ and social. We will be running this session with approximately 30 players but the BBQ and social will be an open invitation for everyone.
Pre-season Fixture – Date TBC
We will be playing 2 pre-season fixtures. at this stage the dates are still to be confirmed. We are looking for one fixture against a side from the division below for our first game – still TBC. The second fixture will be the re-arrange game against Dudley away – we will be sending down 2 sides for a joint bus trip and full club social.
The merit league will start 2 weeks after the First XV fixtures so we are planning pre-season friendlies to piggy back the First XV. This will mean a joint home fixture and another joint away trip to kick of the season.
If you have any questions or players to recruit then please get in touch with the club office. We have a huge squad assembling but the more the better. We can offer a lot to our players including nutrition support, gym access, No Cap Fees (not available anywhere else in Calderdale or Kirklees) and a cracking social – this will be confirmed when the fixtures have been announced.