New regime at Honiton RFC

PUBLISHED: 14:32 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:32 29 June 2010

Channing joins as coach

Pre-season training begins at the Allhallows-based Honiton RFC club this week with a fresh start and new direction. The committee has been working hard to ensure that the efforts of last season do not go to waste and the club continues to move forward following their promotion and a dramatic plate final win to finish the season in style.

Following last week’s AGM, it was confirmed that Glenn Channing has been employed to coach the club’s senior section in a bid to continue last season’s success.

His aims are not only based on the first team, where both his and the players’ ambitions are to follow in the steps of local rivals Exeter Saracens who achieved back-to-back promotions to the Tribute Western Counties league last season, but also to develop the club’s strength in depth through the second team side and upcoming Colts.

The AGM also brought a change in leadership on the field with Brendon Findlay becoming club captain in his second stint in the role where he will bring priceless experience to a young side in a league new to many.

He will be backed by his vice-captain Nick Guilbert, who also has vast experience of the Devon and Cornwall league.

The clubs’ seconds will be captained by Tom Churchward, looking to develop some promising seasons into one of results, aiming to finish near the top of the side’s merit table.

His vice captain will be last year’s Colts’ manager Jason Fahy, helping the transition of Colts into senior rugby as well as extending his extensive playing experience.

With these developments in mind, a tough pre-season has been planned, starting on Thursday, July 1, with a six week build up to the first club friendly of the year away to Chard on August 17.

All new players are invited to attend the Tuesday and Thursday sessions for a 7pm start, where new coach Channing will be sure to stamp his mark in preparing a competitive side for the new season.

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