Wellington turn to former international Graham Dawe

By Mark Pritchett in Rugby

EX-ENGLAND and Bath rugby player Graham Dawe has agreed to join Wellington’s coaching staff.

In a statement issued over the weekend, the club said: “Wellington RFC is pleased to confirm that it has managed to gain the services of former Bath and England hooker Graham Dawe within its coaching structure for next season.

“The coaching team will include current forwards coach Allyn Chetland and backs coach Simon Copland, who will now be assisted by former club captain Tim Jenkinson who is moving up from his coaching role with the U-18s.

“Dawe?s role will essentially be in a technical advisory capacity but he will have the lead input on structure and content for the majority of coaching sessions and is looking forward to getting stuck into the task of aiding the Red & Blacks bounce straight back up to level 7, Western Counties, rugby when pre-season training starts at the back end of June.”

Dawe played five times for England, his international career being limited by the presence in the team of Brian Moore.

He won 14 major trophies during 12 years at Bath before moving on to Sale and he also represented the Barbarians, South West, Cornwall and Devon.

He became player-coach of Plymouth Albion in 1999, making his debut for his home town team on his 40th birthday. He is believed to be the first 50-year-old to play professional rugby, turning out for Plymouth Albion in the Championship and British and Irish Cup.

He guided Plymouth from the bottom of National League Three South to National League One.

After leaving Albion he worked as a coaching consultant and helped out Premier ship club Saracens. He was persuaded to return to Plymouth in 2015 when they were sitting bottom of the Championship and totally rebuilt the squad and they won 22 of their 309 games in National One.

In early 2015 Dawe was also asked to do some work with the England squad by new coach Eddie Jones.

He will have his work cut out at Wellington whose first team were relegated from Western Counties West at the end of the past season. Much of the problem was their inability to field a settled side.

They also had a habit of failing to take their chances at crucial stages of games and losing matches they deserved to win.

They are expected to be playing in the Devon and Cornwall League next season.

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