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New coaching team for North Midlands

North Midlands RFU

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2014 07:20am
St. Stephen, Worcester
By Paul Bolton
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North Midlands have appointed a new coaching team for this season’s campaign in the County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup First Division.

Former Moseley, Stourbridge and Birmingham & Solihull hooker Dan Protherough has been appointed the county’s new head coach as successor to Scott Bemand, the former Harlequins, Leicester and Bath scrum-half, who stepped down last season after North Midlands had secured promotion back to the top flight of the competition.

Protherough will be assisted by Birmingham & Solihull’s Rod Petty with Old Halesonians and former Moseley back-row forward Mark Evans as his assistants.

Protherough, who is also head coach of the North Midlands Under-20 side, is from a well-known rugby family as his late father Dave played for Moseley and Cheltenham and then coached Moseley, Worcester and Cheltenham.

Protherough’s younger brother Richard also played senior rugby for Worcester, Moseley and Coventry.

“From a continuity perspective it was felt that Dan was the right man for the job and to step up a role,” said Dave Thomas, chairman of the North Midlands Playing Committee.

“He is also Head Coach of North Midlands Under-20s which which gives him a clear perspective on the younger up and coming talent which was of great benefit last season when a number of the younger lads made it into the senior squad and enjoyed some game time at that level.

“Dan has already identified a number of current Under-20 squad members that will be invited to train with the senior squad this time.

“Mark Evans and Rod Pettty have a wealth of experience playing at a high level as well as good levels of coaching experience. “

The new coaching team will again be supported by North Midlands President Charlie Hemmings as team manager and John Corr as team secretary.

A squad of players is being drawn up who will be invited to attend a light training session and get together on April  14 ahead of the County Championship opener away to Cornwall on May 10.

North Midlands will then travel to play Hertfordshire on May 17 before they host Gloucestershire on May 24. All venues have yet to be confirmed.

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