Jason Strange has confirmed the following additions within his coaching team with the appointment of a highly experienced forward’s coach to follow in the next 6 weeks.
Aaron Coundley has been appointed as Scrum Coach and will also occasionally play as required. Aaron made his debut in Senior Rugby from the Dragons Academy in 2009/10 season, played for the Dragons senior team and has had spells with Neath and Pontypool where he has impressed with his ball playing and scrum abilities. This is Aaron’s first official coaching role but he also assisted in this area during his time at Pontypool RFC
Aaron will be joined on a part time basis by club legend Matthew “Chunky” Williams who will combine his role as Oakdale Head Coach with working on the scrum and line out. A renowned exponent of Lineout throwing he will use his expertise and understanding of the club following his 280 plus games for the club over 15 seasons that was ended by a shoulder injury.
Back’s coach Steve Lang joins from Penallta and having been mentored by Jason over a few seasons will add talent and enthusiasm for a 15 man rugby approach
They will also be joined by Conditioning Coaches Nicky Strange who joins his brother from Brynmawr RFC.
All coaches have been active with the club over the last 5 weeks