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New Look Coaching Team at Hucclecote RFC

Hucclecote Rugby Club have announced a new look coaching team, once again headed up by
Jack Adams as head coach with the additions of Andy Wadley, joining as the clubs forwards
coach, and Jon Hogg, returning to the club as the 2nd team coach.
Former Gloucester, Bristol and England 7s player Jack Adams has committed to another
season as head coach of Hucclecote, looking to improve on the 4th place finish, in the
competitive Wadworth Gloucester Premier League, achieved this season before the COVID-19
outbreak.


Supporting Jack with the first team is former Bristol hooker Andy Wadley, who is joining to fill the
vacant forwards coach, having left his previous post at Longlevens Rugby at the end of this past
season. Andy is an experienced forwards coach at this level having previous experience at
Brockworth, Tewkesbury, and Longlevens rugby clubs.


Jon Hogg is returning to the club after a spell away studying at the university on Brunel where,
this past season, he was the winner of the ‘University Student Coach of the Year’. Jon was a
part of the Hucclecote first team squad, which appeared in the final of the combination cup in
2016, having progressed through the club from juniors.


Nigel Matthews, President at Hucclecote Rugby club said, “When I became president two years
ago, I had a vision for the junior section to help with the transition between playing at a junior
level and breaking into the senior team, because we previously had far to many players leaving
the club to play elsewhere in the county. I now believe that the transition is working well under
Jack, with 7 players making the step up last season. Under Jacks guidance the rugby club has
improved on and off the field, encouraging 15 more junior players to aim to make the step up to
senior level in the 2020/21 season, which in turn is bringing back the possibility of restarting the
Hucclecote third team”


On the arrival of Andrew Wadley and Jon Hogg, “We have made the decision to bring in a
specialised forwards coach who will improve the forwards with his experience and help build a
well rounded skill set within the squad. We have also decided to bring Jon Hogg home, after
gaining his coaching badges while away at university, to assist with coaching, both men and
women’s teams, and running the second team on Saturdays. We believe that these changes
are a signal of intent that the club is ready to push forward and become a club to challenge for
the league title and to start climbing the leagues, however we know that we still need the
players to work hard and give their all for this coaching team, which we know they will. The club
also looks forward to welcoming old and new players who would like to join us on the exciting
next chapter in this club's history.”


Andy Wadley on joining Hucclecote as forwards coach, “I was delighted to be approached by
Hucclecote RFC and given the opportunity to work with them for the coming 20/21 season. The
prospect of further developing myself with a new group of players, introducing my coaching
methodology and supporting the club in its ambitions, was too good an opportunity to turn down.
My focus will be to work with the players, introduce ideas which they can develop and make
their own and working alongside Head Coach Jack Adams, I truly believe we can achieve this.
After two successful seasons finishing in the top four of Gloucester Premier, the challenge is
how can we progress further, in what will be an ultra-competitive league, now the new structure
has been announced.


We are hoping the hard work can commence in July with preseason training and I look forward
to meeting the players so that we can get started.”
Patrick Hanslow, Club Captain, on the changes at the club, “It’s my 8th season now as captain
and by far one of the most exciting. We have been in Gloucester premier now for a few years
and held our own within the league however, we definitely have not reached our potential.
Consistency has been our biggest issue, beating the top of the table one week and losing to the
bottom the next, which has been largely due to injuries and squad changes, but with this year
being the first we’ve had a full u17 age group come through the ranks, largely thanks to their
coaching team, Ashley Booth, Gary Drew, Mike Middleton and Sam Handcock, who have spent
many a wet cold Sunday coaching them we will have the depth and consistency within the
squad to excel. In Addition to this we welcome back Jack for a 2nd season at Hucclecote and a
newly appointed forward coach Andy Wadley to assist in keeping us all on track, and a 2nd
team coach ex player Jon Hogg, along with the most exciting thing about this season being all
the home grown talent we will have playing in the senior teams. It has all the right making for a
dream season, all we need to do is put in the hard work and dedication as a team and the rest
will fall into place.


Jack Adams, head coach, on his time with the club so far and looking to the coming season,
“After joining Hucclecote last season and finishing in the top 4 I was very pleased, the
commitment from the players and the club as a whole was very impressive. I didn’t come in as
head coach to try to make loads of changes, I just tried to add to what they already had.
I am very excited to start this season as we now have made some changes by bringing in a
forwards coach and a second team coach, which already has had a positive effect throughout
the club and hopefully lead to an even more successful season that last year.
We have a very talented pool of players this year with a very exciting mixture of experience and
youth, I will be pushing to get the most out of all the players to perform week in week out, not
just in the 1st XV but within the 2nd XV also. The youngsters we have coming through this year
to men’s rugby is a huge addition to the club and that’s thanks to the minis and juniors section
and all the efforts from everyone involved. I haven’t come across many clubs which have the set
up that Hucclecote RFC have, to be able to go from minis to men’s rugby.
With so many positives around the club leading up to this year I can’t wait to get the lads into
preseason, I’ve had them doing a ‘Coaches Club Challenge’ from home each week and so far
they’ve climbed 25 flights of stairs each as quickly as possible, and as a club climbed the same
height as Mount Snowdon. Another ‘Coaches Club Challenge’ I set the lads was a 5km run
which as a club accumulated the same distance from Hucclecote RFC to Leicester Tigers home
ground Welford Road (135km) to virtually pick up Jonny May to ‘bring him ‘Holm’, both of which
have videos up on our social media pages”.


Jon Hogg, former player for the club and new second team coach, “I’m very excited to be back
at the club after my time away at university, and stepping into coaching at this level with my old
team mates.
I am looking forward to joining up with Jack and introducing some of the techniques I learnt
while I was away, and I look forward to helping the second team continue their development,
while helping to introduce the players stepping up from the juniors this season.”

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