Hunter unveiled as Saffron Walden RFC’s new head coach

PUBLISHED: 16:26 26 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:26 26 June 2015

From left: new first-team captain James Gosden, Graham Marshall, senior teams manager, Danny Hunter, club head coach, Steve Langford, club secretary and Adam Miles, outgoing first-team captain.

From left: new first-team captain James Gosden, Graham Marshall, senior teams manager, Danny Hunter, club head coach, Steve Langford, club secretary and Adam Miles, outgoing first-team captain.

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Rugby coach Danny Hunter has promotion in his sights as he takes up a new role at Saffron Walden Rugby Club.

The 30-year-old project manager has been appointed as the club’s head coach following its fourth placed finish in London Two North East last season.

Hunter brings a wealth of experience to the club as both a player and coach. He began playing when he was just four and went on to play for Yorkshire schoolboys U18s. His first club was Aldwinians and he also played for Hartpury College, Gloucester 7s, Moseley, Cambridge Rugby Club and Shelford Rugby Club.

The father-to-be also had a spell with El Salvador in Spain where he played European Cup rugby.

Hunter’s coaching career has included a spell as head coach at Cambridge Rugby Club’s first XV and at Comberton Village College, where he helped introduce the sport and developed a successful team. He has also coached at Newmarket and Shelford.

After watching SWFRC in action and speaking to the players, Hunter said he was confident that the club can push on.

“From what I have seen I believe this club is more than capable of achieving promotion and I’m very much looking forward to working with the players to help the team reach its full potential,” he said.

Hunter takes over from previous coach, Tom Hughes, and senior teams manager Graham Marshall paid tribute to his achievements.

“Tom put a huge amount into the role over the past couple of years and we nearly secured promotion. Although he is stepping down due to family and work commitments he will continue to be involved with the club,” said Marshall.

The club is also keen to bring in new senior players to bolster its teams as it looks to pre-season training getting underway on Tuesday, June 30 at Henham.

For further information, contact Marshall on 07941 362038 or graham.marshall2@icloud.com. For general enquiries, email info@swrfc.com

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