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Great Britain Tag Rugby Coaches Announced

Great Britain Tag Rugby has today announced the coaches who will coach squads through to the 2021 World Cup.

After huge success at the Tag Rugby World Cup in Australia last year, winning bronze and silver medals, focus now turns to the World Cup in Ireland 2021.

A total of 12 coaches and assistant coaches have been named following a rigorous application process. These roles include returning coaches, new coaches and some players making to move from playing to coaching Great Britain for the first time.

In addition, two new roles have been created. These roles, heading up the Men’s and Women’s game are introduced to drive the 2021 vision and ensure talent is identified from all areas of Great Britain.  

As Head of Women’s and Men’s Tag Rugby respectively, Murray Wilson and James Baron will be sharing their experience and commitment to the game with players and coaches alike. This will ensure by 2021 Great Britain has the most competitive, World Cup squads available having hopefully already won the British & Irish Cup in 2019 & 2020.

Great Britain Tag Rugby is focused on building breadth and depth in the Great Britain camp, adding two new divisions to the World Cup 2021 vision supports the demand for more international representation opportunities at the highest level across the Tag Rugby community.

GB Programme Director - Toby Hartley
Head of Women’s Tag Rugby - Murray Wilson
Head of Men’s Tag Rugby - James Baron

Women’s Seniors Head Coach - Mark Roughsedge
Women’s Seniors Assistant Coach - Kirsty Clarke

Women’s Open Head Coach - Murray Wilson
Women’s Open Assistant Coach - David Shipley

Mixed Seniors Head Coach - Andrew Davis
Mixed Seniors Assistant Coach - Jay Beare

Mixed Open Head Coach - Jodie Bijorac
Mixed Open Assistant Coach - Dan Ampaw

Men’s Seniors Head Coach - Kimbo Parkinson
Men’s Seniors Assistant Coach - Ben Smith

Men’s Open Head Coach - James Baron
Men’s Open Assistant Coach - Ant Merrett

North of England Ambassadors: Dave Wilkinson & Matt Dalingwater
Dave Wilkinson & Matt Dalingwater will run a session in Yorkshire for those considering attendance at the Great Britain trials. This session will enable Dave & Matt to share individual player attributes prior to trials with the Great Britain coaches.

Key Dates

6th April
Spring Tournament - If you were lucky enough to register in time, coaches and scouts will be watching

11th May
London Origin - This is a high-level tournament, we are expecting to see our high-level players register for selection. Coaches and scouts will be watching.

2nd June
GB Trials 1 - This will be the first round of trials, players to be considered for B&I 2019 and beyond will be expected to attend one of two trials.

8th June
TagFest London - The biggest event Try Tag Rugby has hosted, with unlimited capacity for team and individual entry. Coaches and scouts will be watching.

23rd June
GB Trials 2 - This will be the second round of trials, players to be considered for B&I 2019 and beyond will be expected to attend one of two trials.

26th June
B&I 2019 Squads to be announced

27th/28th July - to be confirmed
GB Training Camp - B&I selected players expected, development pool welcome

7th September
British & Irish Cup (London)

A new microsite for Great Britain will launch shortly at www.greatbritaintagrugby.com

on 22nd March, 2019

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