First XV

The 2016/17 sees the senior side competing in National 3

Following relegation it was vital that we retained as many of our squad as possible as we targeted an immediate return to N2N. It was great to see almost every player from last season commit and take on ownership of the challenge ahead. In addition, we have been able to welcome a number of new additions to the squad, and will bolster the ranks with emerging players from the clubs excellent Academy.

Gareth Lewis returns as head coach for his fourth season, supported by backs and skills coach Phil Gostling. Standards are set high and both coaches have now passed their RFU level 3 courses, a real testament to the standards they are aiming for. They make a formidable coaching team, bringing high levels of energy and professionalism to the squad and will have learnt a lot from last season. We have also brought in Matt Green, as strength and conditioning coach. Matt worked with the Giants for many years and is highly regarded in his field. His work pre-season has already been on a level we have not seen before and is bound to pay dividends over the season.

This season sees Alex Battye continue as captain, having taken over the mantle from Nick Sharpe mid way through last season, a role he has carried out superbly. Alex, like Nick, is a home grown lad, who came through the ranks and its fantastic to see such players now taking such leadership roles.

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 is supported superbly on match days by ex players turned match day managers James Davies and Ben Mitchell

The 1st XV has been a great platform for a number of players to progress their careers. Ben Harris joins Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership and Matt Clark is now 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. 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.


Fixtures and results

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Key contacts

First XV Head Coach
Gareth Lewis
Mobile: 07834 810426

First XV Backs Coach
Phil Gostling
Mobile: 07850 816137

First XV Captain
Alex Battye
Mobile: 07751 166157

Senior Rugby Manager
Mike Baggs
Mobile: 07721 385704

Club Captain
Alex Battye
Mobile: 07751 166157

Club Coaching Co-ordinator
David Ellwood
Mobile: 07867 523240

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