First XV

The 2015/16 sees the senior side competing in National 2 North.

Last season saw the squad strengthened, with the addition of a number of new players to support the existing homegrown talent. The same squad has been retained for the new campaign with a small number of new players arriving to add strength in depth, and the emergence of a number of exciting prospects from the club's Academy team.

Gareth Lewis returns as head coach for his third season, supported by backs and skills coach Phil Gostling. Standards are set high and with both coaches undertaking their Level 3 courses they make a formidable coaching team, bringing high levels of energy and professionalism to the squad and with a wealth of experience behind them.

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 clubs ethos, core values, and spirit.

The 1st XV is supported on match days by ex-players turned match day managers James Davies and Ben Mitchell.

Pre-season has been superb with a detailed mixture of teamwork, fitness, and skills as well as guest coaching sessions from the likes of ex England and British Lions Defense coach Phil Larder and fitness testing with the S&C team from Huddersfield Giants. 

The 1st XV has been a great platform for a number of players to progress their careers. Ben Harris and Matt Clark both at Leeds Carnegie 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 U7s and ends with the 1st XV.

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

Rugby Club Captain
Alex Battye
Mobile: 07751 166157

Club Coaching Co-ordinator
David Ellwood
Mobile: 07867 523240

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