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St Albans Centurions announce new head coach


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#1 brooza

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

Cambridge University coach / London Broncos Assistant coach joins St Albans Centurions.

St Albans Centurions can finally reveal their new head coach. Club secretary Tony Bottomley today confirmed that current Cambridge University head coach and London Broncos U19’s assistant coach, Andy Champ will be taking over at the helm of the Cents in February 2013, after he has taken his Cambridge University team to the Varsity Match against Oxford.

Secretary Bottomley said “We are extremely lucky to get a coach of Andy’s ability. His credentials speak for themselves. He played hooker for Hemel Hempstead and was a Scottish international. He has played union and coached league at Bedford, Cambridge Uni and the Broncos, he is recognised as an up and coming young coach. I went down to Wembley stadium to meet him and found that whilst we had been doing our homework about him, Andy had been doing his homework about us, and liked what he found. He was as keen to join the Cents as we were to have him. He believes there is a great deal of potential in our club, and wants to be part of it. I look forward to working with him in the future.”

The Centurions will be holding a ‘Meet The Coach’ session at our clubhouse on Monday 14th January at 7.30pm when we hope as many players and supporters will come along and hear what Andy has to say and answer any questions we may have. Andy has already said that the first six weeks of pre-season will be two sessions a week and concentrate on fitness levels and he hopes to discuss his methods and rugby philosophy with the players - first teamers, development squad and even first timers who want to come along and give rugby a go.

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#2 Jasper

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

Good news indeed. Now we know Cents have a coach, all we need to know now is what league they will be playing in .... with which other teams ........ and when the season starts.

(Didn't the people (RFL ?) in charge say all would be announced before Christmas so teams would have plenty of time to prepare/make arrangements etc. for the forthcoming season.)

#3 brooza

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

(Didn't the people (RFL ?) in charge say all would be announced before Christmas so teams would have plenty of time to prepare/make arrangements etc. for the forthcoming season.)

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#4 bowes

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

Good news indeed. Now we know Cents have a coach, all we need to know now is what league they will be playing in .... with which other teams ........ and when the season starts.

(Didn't the people (RFL ?) in charge say all would be announced before Christmas so teams would have plenty of time to prepare/make arrangements etc. for the forthcoming season.)

St Albans are in the Conference South and it will be a full season apparently. Unsure if that means March or April start though. 7 clubs have confirmed their membership and the RFL will run with that many (they have no choice as there's no league for at least 4 of the clubs otherwise). So as long as there's no late dropouts that's sorted.

The reason for the delay is the RFL want an 8th team and there is a possible option.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:34 PM

St Albans are in the Conference South and it will be a full season apparently. Unsure if that means March or April start though. 7 clubs have confirmed their membership and the RFL will run with that many (they have no choice as there's no league for at least 4 of the clubs otherwise). So as long as there's no late dropouts that's sorted.

The reason for the delay is the RFL want an 8th team and there is a possible option.

Thank you Bowes, would be nice if the governing body kept us up to date as much as you do ;)

#6 bowes

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

Generally club committees find out these things 3 months before the RFL send out a press release 6 weeks before the season.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

St Albans are in the Conference South and it will be a full season apparently. Unsure if that means March or April start though. 7 clubs have confirmed their membership and the RFL will run with that many (they have no choice as there's no league for at least 4 of the clubs otherwise). So as long as there's no late dropouts that's sorted.

The reason for the delay is the RFL want an 8th team and there is a possible option.

I think it's April, and if I'm remembering correctly, there's a 2 week break in the Summer, though I may be getting my leagues mixed up
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#8 keighley

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

Yeah, I get all this alphabet soup of leagues confused. Tier, 4, conference south, premier leagues etc etc. Very confusing to an old bu**er like me.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:06 PM

Yeah, I get all this alphabet soup of leagues confused. Tier, 4, conference south, premier leagues etc etc. Very confusing to an old bu**er like me.

There's no premier leagues as such now. Some leagues have a premier division though but it's just a normal part of the tier 4 league. Midlands rugby league no longer will next season.

National Conference League and Conference League South make up tier 3 then a series of local leagues makes up tier 4.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

There's no premier leagues as such now. Some leagues have a premier division though but it's just a normal part of the tier 4 league. Midlands rugby league no longer will next season.

National Conference League and Conference League South make up tier 3 then a series of local leagues makes up tier 4.


The highest ranked league in the Midlands will be the Midlands Premier......

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:56 PM

The highest ranked league in the Midlands will be the Midlands Premier......

Sounds like a shake up over the last few weeks unless it's a rebrand of division 1?

Hope this has no effect on Conference South?

Edited by bowes, 30 December 2012 - 08:59 PM.


#12 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:37 AM

The top division will always be the premier... thats the definition of Premier!

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:01 AM

Fair enough. Still backs up my point of there no longer being a RLC Premier equivalent but the same is altered. Some leagues call their top flight division 1.

Edited by bowes, 31 December 2012 - 09:01 AM.