Rugby: Emphasis on youth as Mannerians ring the changes

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Bakewell Mannerians Rugby Club are looking to build on their recent successes as a new team takes on the challenge of running the playing side.

Chairman Tim Sargent and his committee will carry on their ambitious plans for much-needed playing and changing facilities.

County player Jack Duncan has been appointed the club’s new 1st XV captain, with Dave Boam and Peter Carr taking on vice-captains duties.

Outgoing captain Henry Bagshawe is still likely to play a key role in the season ahead while Jimmy O’Neill continues as 2nd XV captain, though will be challenging for a first team place.

Mannerians’ long serving prop Martin Pearce takes over as Director of Rugby from Joe Oldfield, with front row colleague and even longer serving Mike Dabell as his assistant.

Former Lady Manners School Head of PE, Chris Weeks, carries on his coaching role at the club.

Pearce said: “Joe did a fantastic job of maintaining the the club as a Level 7 outfit - the highest in our history - and he’ll be a hard act to follow.”

Assistant Dabell added: “Our objectives are to improve on last season’s league position - injuries and absences really took their toll, to increase the number of 2nd XV games played, and to forge greater continuity with the mini and youth.

“That really is the key to future success, and as part of it we’re looking to build our relationship with Lady Manners School still further.”

Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Martin on 07549534539.