Diss hope to bounce back under Sharpe

Diss have appointed a new head coach as they launch their bid to bounce back from their relegation from the National League.

Phil Sharpe is the new man in charge – and he says he relishing the chance to coach a men's team for the first time having previously coached the Eastern Counties Women's squad.

Sharpe, 43, started his playing career at Staines RFC and represented Middlesex before moving to Bury St Edmunds in the early 1990's. He played predominantly as a number eight, before moving to second row during the latter parts of his career.

Having inherited a team which has just stepped down after a season playing at the highest level in their history there is no question about his objective – though he is not making any promises about the time scale.

'Obviously, a return to the National League is the aim, but it is not the immediate aim,' he said. 'I intend to lay down the foundations first. One of my main philosophies is to put my faith in youth. It is a superb set up here; we have got some fantastic rugby players in the under-17's, under-15's and colts. The future is bright.'

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Club director of rugby David Hall said: 'I am delighted to have appointed Phil as head coach; I believe he will provide us with a new focus next season, with stable leadership and a pragmatic approach to winning rugby'.

Diss are currently holding fitness coaching sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays – everyone is welcome.

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