Eastern Counties Rugby Union make two key appointments
PUBLISHED: 14:46 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 16 July 2018
University of East Anglia men’s coach Chris Capps-Jenner has been appointed director of representative rugby for the Eastern Counties Rugby Union.
The former director of rugby at Beccles has been chosen as one of two appointments, with Darren Wright to assume the role of chair of community game growth.
Capps-Jenner was already chair of coaching at Eastern Counties as well as being the liaison between ECRU and the Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers academies.
He will now oversee Eastern Counties’ extensive programme of representative rugby including girls and boys squads from under-15 to under-18 age groups, county teams in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the successful adult women’s team, the adult men’s first XV and the newly re-established the men’s second XV, the Wanderers.
The UEA coach said: “I am extremely excited about being given the opportunity to lead the representative playing programmes within Eastern Counties.
“I am particularly looking forward to working with the managers and coaches of the boys, girls, women’s and men’s programmes. Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have an abundance of talented rugby players who I believe should be given every opportunity to represent not only Eastern Counties but their home county as well.”
Wright, who manages both the EC U16 boys and U15 & U18 girls teams, take on a much wider remit his role, to ensure that more rugby is being played, by more people, more often – whether by men, women, boys or girls.
Alasdair Bovaird, chair of Eastern Counties, said: “These are key roles for the future of our great game, and I am convinced that we have the right people to take both the elite and community game in Eastern Counties forward.
“Darren and Chris are individuals of proven capability and I am delighted that they have joined our team.”