First XV

The 2017/18 sees the senior side competing in National 2 North

Following relegation to National 3 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 the team complete the league campaign unbeaten to return back to N2N at the first attempt.

Gareth Lewis returns as head coach for his fifth season, supported by backs and skills coach Phil Gostling.  Matt Green will continue as strength and conditioning coach, with the noticable improvement in the players fitness last season.

This season sees Alex Battye continue as captain, having taken the team to the league title last season.

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 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.


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

First XV Vice Captain
Fran Entressengle
Mobile: 07501 084251

Rugby Operations Manager
Kevin Davey
Mobile: 07970 412711

Club Captain
Alex Battye
Mobile: 07751 166157

Club Coaching Co-ordinator
David Ellwood
Mobile: 07867 523240

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