11:39am Friday 23rd August 2013
MALVERN Rugby Club head coach Nick Tisdale has finalised his coaching set-up alongside a string of new onpitch signings.
The former Worcester and Stourbridge lock, who is also master-in-charge of rugby at Malvern College, will still be registered as a player at Spring Lane.
Tisdale is joined behind the scenes by popular Gloucester full-back Rob Cook who will be working with the backs as an attack coach.
Alan Keylock, an experienced hooker or back-row operator, has signed as a forwards player-coach from Sutton Coldfield, having played for Worcester and Stourbridge.
Specialist scrummaging skills will be coached by Worcester Warriors star Ed Shervington along with an emphasis on throwing in at the line-out. Malvern, who return to Midlands One West after relegation last season, have retained the services of former Scottish international Peter Walton.
The England under 18s forwards coach lives locally and will offer his know-how at training.
On the playing front, Kit Lister, a tighthead prop from the University of Birmingham, and second row Matt Hughes, formerly of Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School, Gloucester, have joined.
Two ex-King’s School Worcester pupils in second row Jonathan Bywater and hooker Adam Johns will also supplement the forwards.
Richard Preece, a second row or blindside flanker, has signed from Hereford after moving to the area.
A familiar face has returned to training in flanker Owen Jones who missed most of last season with a broken leg.
Malvern’s new competitive under 17s team should ensure a steady supply of homegrown future players.
The seniors kicked off their pre-season at Spring Lane last weekend, losing a training match to old rivals Hinckley 10-7.
Tomorrow (3pm), they host Woodford from Essex where former Malvern hooker Andy Murphy is now based.
Tisdale’s side then entertain Matson from Gloucester in their final warm-up match on Saturday, August 31.
The league season starts on Saturday, September 7, with a home fixture against Market Bosworth when Malvern will seek revenge for a past play-off defeat.
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