Appointment of Will Cliff

Knutsford Rugby Club

Knutsford Rugby Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Edmonds and Will Cliff as 1st team coaches for the forthcoming 18/19 season.

Will is a current member of the 1st team at Sale Sharks, having amassed almost 150 appearances in two stints at the Premiership club. Will is to combine his playing duties with coaching, working with Knutsford whenever his playing commitments allow, at least once a week. Will has previously coached successfully whilst living and playing down at Bristol RUFC. Chris Edmonds is a well-known and respected coach in the North West, and adds the Knutsford role to his existing coaching duties for the Sale Sharks Community programme, Cheshire representative age groups, Knutsford Academy and Knutsford RUFC junior age groups.

Whilst their primary role will be to work with the 1st team, they will be working with some of the junior teams when possible to help re-establish a link between the junior and senior squads at the club. The move also ties in with the first team gaining promotion to the 3rd tier of the North West Intermediate Leagues.

Club President Tony Evans said “With the first team going from strength to strength, and on the back of two successive promotions, it was important that we put a coaching structure in place that represents the team’s aspirations. Will and Chris’ coaching styles are well suited to each other; looking to maximise the enjoyment factor of training and playing whilst continually improving the player’s collective skill sets. The new set up represents a big step forward to us and improves our rugby offering to existing players, and perspective players as well. Furthermore both Will and Chris’ are fully bought into our ambitions beyond the first team to reinvigorate the colts set up and create a conduit for juniors to progress into senior rugby. It’s an exciting time to be involved at the club!!”

The first team are already back in training ahead of the forthcoming season, and actively welcome all players, of all ages and abilities. For more information please contact 1st Team Captain Sam Bensky on 07920 848668.