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Matson RFC captain John Hennessy steps down after 13 years

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John Hennessy has stepped down as Matson’s first-team captain after 13 years.

The Redwell Road club announced the news on their Twitter feed, with Tom Porter announced as his replacement.

The club said: “Without him we wouldn’t be where we are today, brining great success and memories which will last forever.”

Daniel Herd will again captain the second team, set to play in Gloucestershire One North next season, while Adam Ball will skipper the thirds.

Meanwhile the coaching merry-go-round at Gloucestershire’s rugby clubs has continued with Jack Preece stepping down at newly-promoted Old Centralians.

The Saintbridge club, set to play in the  South West Premier next season, have appointed Rob Winchle as their new head coach for the coming season.

A statement on their website said Preece has decided to step down as he wishes to concentrate on playing for Cinderford this coming season.

“Cents wish Jack all the best for the coming season and also thank him for all the hard work he put in during the promotion season,” the statement said.

Flanker Preece, 30, played for Hartpury last season after spells with Birmingham Solihull, Moseley, Rotherham and Coventry, and has also played for England Counties and England Sevens.

Cents have completed their set-up with the appointment of Marcus Brown, who will be taking charge of the forwards this term and playing in the back row.

He was previously with Cinderford last season and he helped coach their second team, and is bringing with him his brother Jevan, who has been playing at Matson.

Other clubs with new coaches, or making other changes during the off-season, include Newent, Cirencester, Longlevens, Old Cryptians, Gordon League, Cheltenham Saracens and Widden Old Boys.

At Newent, former Gloucester prop Shaun Knight will replace fellow front-row man Dan Murphy, and has signed for Hartpury.

Director of rugby Joe Goatley said: “Dan Murphy will be stepping down as head coach. Dan is a brilliant guy and has been a great influence within the club.

“We appreciate all he has done for us and we hope we will see him around for years to come with his boys hopefully joining in with the Junior Green Army. We would like to thank Dan and wish him all the best.

“With Dan stepping down we would like to announce the arrival of Shaun Knight who will be coming in as the new head coach.

“Shaun has a great rugby pedigree having played for Gloucester and Bath and will be returning from a stint in France to join Hartpury RFC.

“He also has great knowledge of local rugby having grown up playing and then coaching our local rivals Matson.

“Shaun has been very impressed with Newent RFC over the years and is really excited to get involved.

“I’ve been impressed by his enthusiasm and the ideas he has already shared with me and I look forward to helping him implement them and provide the best playing environment we can for our players.”

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Cirencester announced the departure of director of rugby and Gloucester legend Andy Deacon on Wednesday after five years at The Whiteway.

Luke Stratford (forwards coach) and Harry Cochrane (backs coach) will also not be accepting the club’s offer to continue in their respective roles for the new season.

Deacon said: “It was an extremely hard decision to make when I handed my resignation to the chairman and president, but I feel it is time to move on in my rugby career and hand over to a new (or old!) face while I consider other opportunities.”

At Deacon’s boyhood club Longlevens, they have announced the departure of head coach Andy Wadley.

Chairman Chris Yorke said “We sincerely thank Andy for his services to Longlevens. We were riding high in the league before the arrival of coronavirus and only narrowly missed out on promotion based on the RFUs calculation.

“I have personally thanked Andy for his services and would now like to do that publicly and wish him every success for the future’.

President Julian Jenkins added “Andy proved to be very reliable during his time with us and we’ve no doubt that the team made progress under his management - particularly the forwards. We wish him the best of luck in his next role”.

 With the departure of Wadley the club say they are discussing a new coaching structure and will make an announcement once the appropriate consultations have taken place.

Elsewhere, Jake McMahon stepped down as head coach of Gloucestershire One champions Old Cryptians to join boyhood club Gordon League.

The 26-year-old will be supported by his younger brother Luke as backs coach and by Sam Goatley as skills coach.

He returns to League after two very successful seasons with Cryptians, who have reached the semi-final of the RFU Junior Vase and last season won the Gloucestershire One title.

Gavin Worrall will be the new head coach at Cryptians, and will be supported by Matt Hurdle as forwards player/coach and Steve Price.

McMahon said: “I’ve had a great couple of seasons with a great club in Old Cryptians.

“I am really proud of what the club managed to achieve in such a short time.

“However, from the outside looking in, it has been hard to see my boyhood club slip down the Leagues and struggle on the field at times.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Gordon League and bringing a more professional, fun and competitive dynamic into training and around the club.”

Old Cryptians chairman Martin Langbridge told the club’s official website: “Jake has been a great asset to the club over the last two seasons and improved both our off field and on field attitudes as well as improving our playing standard, he coached us during a successful and rewarding period in

which we have won multiple cups and finally gaining promotion in a title winning season.

“We had already secured the services of Gavin for next season and now see him step up to a more senior role as head coach.

“We have also secured Matt Hurdle both as forwards coach and in a playing capacity, he will be supported by Steve Price.

“We are speaking with another prominent name in local rugby and hope to be able to update you with some of the finer details as soon as we can.”

Cheltenham Saracens also announced that fly-half James Butler will be their head coach, while Widden Old Boys announced a new coaching set-up on their Twitter feed.

“We’re pleased to announce the arrival of Will Pettipher to Widden Old Boys and also welcome home Adam Eustace,” they said.

“Will is our new head coach and Adam will take up the forwards and defence coaching position."

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