First XV

The 2018/19 sees the senior side once again competing in National 2 North.

Following the return to National 2 North last season, after an unbeaten season in National 3 in 2016/17, the team saw a number of additions to the team which helped them finish the league in sixth place.

Gareth Lewis returns as head coach for his sixth season, supported by a new backs coach in Mark Pease following the departure of Phil Gostling and new fitness coach Jason McGivern.

This season sees Dickie Piper step up as captain, having made a big impact in his first season for Huddersfield last time out. He will be assisted by new vice-captain Lewis Bradley.

The desire to bring through home grown players remains, with new recruits carefully selected to add talent and experience as well as, crucially, ‘buying in’ to the club’s ethos, core values, and spirit.
 
The 1st XV has been a great platform for a number of players to progress their careers. Ben Harris is currently playing for Wasps in the Premiership and Matt Clark is at Doncaster in the Championship. Both players came through the first team. Chris Johnson was instrumental and became the National League top points scorer at Lockwood Park before moving up to National 1 with Fylde and captaining England Counties. He is currently playing his rugby at Sale. This player pathway is a long term development that starts at the U7’s and ends with the 1st XV.

Perhaps our most famous player is England International Luther Burrell who came through our Age Grade system.

If you feel you would like to be part of what we have at Lockwood Park and believe that we can aid you in your aspirations as a player, then do not hesitate to come and pay the club a visit or contact either the head coach or senior rugby manager for an informal chat.

Match entry is £10 for non-members, £7 for concessions and free for under 18's.

 

Fixtures and results

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Key contacts

First XV Head Coach
Gareth Lewis
Mobile: 07834 810426
Email: glewis@lightcliffeacademy.co.uk

First XV Backs Coach
Mark Pease
Mobile: 07808 558243
Email: markpease12@gmail.com

First XV Fitness Coach
Jason McGivern
Mobile: 07999 048942

First XV Captain
Dickie Piper
Mobile: 07817 978598
Email: richpiper8@hotmail.com

First XV Vice Captain
Lewis Bradley
Mobile: 07583 275306
Email: lewis.bradley97@icloud.com

 

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