PONTYPOOL, South Wales, 28th July 2016 – Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Quick to the newly created role of defence coach for the 2016/17 WRU National Championship season.
Following an illustrious playing career that included a spell at Pooler, the 33-year-old former scrum-half has embarked on coaching career and has already got stuck right into the action in pre-season training.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to Pooler and start this new phase of my rugby career,” said Quick.
“As soon as Leighton explained the current team culture and his vision for where he wanted to take the club, I was extremely keen on getting involved and loved his plan for the future.
“Both myself and Leighton are local lads who are familiar with Pooler and I have a huge appreciation for how much the history and traditions of the club mean to the people of Pontypool.
“I will do everything in my ability to restore the club to where it should be - the Principality Premiership - and I cannot wait to work with this excellent group of players, coaches and management staff.”
When formulating the new position, Jones had one person in mind straight away. That person was Quick.
“We are delighted to have appointed Andrew to the role of defence coach in what is a very exciting period in the club’s future,” said Jones.
“With (backs coach and outside-half) Matthew Jones likely to be featuring regularly on the field throughout the season, it was important to create the depth in our coaching staff to ensure we continue to develop on our journey back to the Premier division.
“It is also important that we appoint people who are not only gifted from a rugby perspective, but we bring people into the club who have the right character and respect for our environment.
“We absolutely have that in Andrew. He is a well-regarded and trusted member of our team and I have every confidence he will excel in his coaching career.
“We have established a back room team that is unified and we all share one common goal – to take Pooler back to the top through honesty, hard work and with a huge sense of team spirit.”
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