04 Jul New coaching setup announced
As we head into the 2019/20 campaign, Bridgend Ravens are delighted to announce their new coaching setup ahead of the new season.
The club announced previously that there was to be a change to the coaching structure as preparations for the new season begin. The new coaches replace the departing team of Matt Silva, Grant Hall, Demetrius Brook and Mike Morgan, with those individuals leaving with the best wishes of Bridgend Ravens RFC.
The new coaching team will be headed by Steve Jones, who steps up from his role as Forwards Coach to become Bridgend Ravens Head Coach. ‘Jabba’ has been involved with Bridgend Ravens since August 2017, and was part of the coaching setup which secured Premiership survival at the tail end of last season. Steve’s professional rugby career was hugely successful; winning five Welsh caps and making 180 appearances for the Dragons regional side. He will combine his coaching duties at Bridgend Ravens with his professional role at Gower College and coaching with the Ospreys u16s.
Steve will be assisted by Forwards Coach Alun Wyn Davies. With a sterling rugby CV, Alun Wyn joins Bridgend Ravens after a three year spell as Cardiff University’s Director of Rugby. He was involved with the university of five seasons, following on from a playing career which saw him represent Neath, Swansea, Llandovery and Newport. Davies had previously held the Head Coach role with Wales Women before becoming forwards coach at Cardiff University in 2013. He spent three years under Louie Tonkin before being promoted to Director of Rugby at the University, where he boasted an unbeaten record in Welsh Varsity Matches and a BUCS Premier Division South title in 2017/18.
Also joining the coaching team is Backs Coach Richard Fussell. 35 year old Fussell kick started his coaching career last season as Head Coach of the Ospreys Development side which competed in the Celtic Cup. During his playing career, he played Premiership rugby with Pontypridd before he made 82 appearances for the Dragons and 113 appearances for the Ospreys. He ended his career at the Liberty Stadium in 2016 before taking up a role with the region as skills coach in the same year. His coaching career will now take on the next stage of development with a taste of Premiership rugby with Bridgend.
Richard will be assisted by former Bridgend Raven Tom Grabham. Unfortunately, Tom was forced to retire early due to a knee injury in 2018, but will now take on the role of Assistant Backs Coach at his home town club. Bridgend fans will remember Tom’s involvement with the club fondly; particularly his role in helping the club return to the Premiership in 2011. Tom went on to play regional rugby with the Ospreys and get his senior coaching career underway with the Ravens.
The final member of the coaching and back room team this season is Team Manager Meredith Griffith. A skilled rugby administrator and fluent Welsh speaker, Ed has vast experience of local rugby having represented Llanharan and Pencoed in roles both on and off the field. Ed’s involvement with Bridgend Ravens stretches back three seasons and he will continue in his role for the coming season.
Pre season is due to get underway in 5 days and we’ll be bringing you news of our pre season fixtures, retained player list and some exciting new signings over the coming days.