Nottingham Rugby announce new head coach

Nottingham Rugby are delighted to announce the appointment of current first team coach Neil Fowkes, as the club’s new head coach, from the end of the current season.


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Fowkes needs no introduction to the Nottingham faithful, with the locally-born, 37 year-old, having been part of the club, both as a player and a coach, since 1987.


Moving through the club’s junior ranks at Ireland Avenue, after joining as an Under-7 minis player, Neil went on to make 210 first team appearances for the club, at loose head prop, across 12 years, between 1999 and 2011. He was also part of the Green and Whites squad, which achieved promotion to National Division One, now known as the Championship, during the 2003/04 season.


On retiring from playing, Fowkes moved straight into a coaching role with Nottingham, working alongside both Glenn Delaney and Martin Haag, and he will now take over the reins from current head coach Ian Costello, at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, with Costello moving to a senior coaching role at Premiership side Wasps.

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Clearly pleased to have been given the opportunity to take charge of the club he has been part of for most of his life, a proud Fowkes said:


“It’s an absolute privilege to have been selected to do the job at Nottingham. It’s a club that’s so close to my heart and I’m very proud to have got that across the line.


“First and foremost, my job here is to support the current head coach Ian Costello as much as possible and we’re focusing on London Scottish this weekend, and the Championship, and the remaining B&I Cup games. Obviously, with a change of coach, there’s a slight change of style in terms of personality but we’re very closely aligned at the club and we just want to make sure the continuity is there and were still moving in the same upward trajectory.”

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Club Chairman, Alistair Bow was equally excited with the appointment, adding:


“We are absolutely thrilled that Neil has accepted the role as Nottingham’s next head coach. He is the natural choice to continue to build on the great work that has been taking place here over the last few years. Over the last 12 years he has developed into a first-class coach and we strongly believe the time is right for him to take the lead role. His passion and commitment to the club cannot be rivalled.


“It’s been part of our plan that he would step-up to the top job here at some stage in his career, and with Ian departing in April, and after hearing Neil’s vision for the continued progression of the club, both on and off the field, there was no doubt in my mind, or the board’s, that he is the right man for the job.

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“We pride ourselves on our developmental pathway here, for players, coaches and staff, and I know this will be in very safe hands with Neil at the helm, and what better example for our younger players coming through, than to see Neil in the top job, having started playing rugby here, 30 years ago.”


Currently in fifth place in the Greene King IPA Championship, Nottingham will be looking to make it five home league games unbeaten, as they host London Scottish, at The Bay, on Friday night (7:45pm kick-off).


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