After a worse start to the season than even Crystal Palace, the area’s leading rugby club, Warlingham, has gone out and recruited Nick Warren as their new director of rugby.
Warlingham have played at London regional level since 2006, but after 10 defeats in their first 10 matches of this season, when their first XV has shipped an average of more than 50pts per game, the Hamsey Green-based club looks doomed to its first relegation in more than a decade.
Among the early priorities for Warren will be some urgent recruitment, as Warlingham has seen an exodus of several of its top players in the past six months. With a long injury list compounding that, Warlingham have not been able to fulfil all their fixtures this term.
Warren is a former player and coach at National League side Old Elthamians, and he was driector of rugby at Barking when they were in National League 1.
“We were keen to appoint someone who had experience of higher league coaching and Nick fits the bill admirably,” Peter Mattison, Warlingham’s chairman of rugby, said. “I’m sure he’s the right man to give our players some new impetus as we go into the second half of the season.”
Warren has already hosted a players’ meeting to set out his plans for them for the rest of the season.
“As soon as I heard that Warlingham were looking to appoint a new director of rugby I was very keen to join,” Warren said. “The club has excellent facilities and management infrastructure and I look forward to working with the players.”
Warlingham play Effingham and Leatherhead at Hamsey Green this Saturday in a bottom-of-the-table clash. Entrance is free and the club’s bars will be open for the 2.30pm kick off.
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