New backs coach boosts rugby club

Eastbourne Rugby Club chairman Fraser Brooks believes the arrival of new backs coach Rob Outen is a major coup for the club.

Brooks and the club are busy planning for the new London South East division three season and said the 28-year-old former Sussex County and Harlequins scrum-half will work alongside head coach Roger Stanley.

Brooks said, “We targeted Rob a while back and we are delighted to get him on board. Roger is an experienced coach and they will complement each other. Last season we had the forwards to compete with anyone but we perhaps lacked some direction in our backs play.

“Rob will add a new dimension and get them playing with flare. Hopefully they will play in a way that the crowd want to see.”

Mixed Martial Arts World Champion Oli Thompson, who has recently been signed by the UFC, has also been drafted in as the strength and conditioning coach.

“We need help in that area and who better than Oli. He is an Eastbourne man and is the former world’s strongest man.

“The infrastructure is all there for the players and it’s down to them to deliver when they cross that white line.”

Competition for places is set to be fierce this season and players will get a chance to impress in their first pre-season friendly at Hastings tomorrow, followed by a Tens Tournament on Saturday, August 27 at Park Avenue. Their final pre-season match will be Old Freemans.

The club will run a ladies side this season. Interested players should contact Ladies’ head coach Sonia DeSilva.