BA (G) Rugby pre-season training day took place on Saturday 28 Sept 13 at the home of BA (G) Rugby, Dempsey Bks. A total of thirty potential players from all different regiments and battalions turned up to claim their position in the Squad. They were met by the management team, Capt Paul Jones (Director), WOII Rob Lockyer (Manager), SSgt Chris Williams (Head Coach), SSgt Rob Jones (Forwards Coach), WOII Jason Davies (Backs Coach), and Sgt Adi Cubbins (Coach Co-Ord).
All players were welcomed and given the breakdown of the Day. Each member of the management give their introduction and things they wish to work on and develop. Cpl Tyler Dunning (35Engr) kindly took the squad on a warm up (Conditioning). The squad was then broken down into Forwards and Backs.
SSgt Rob Jones, Forwards coach:
“There is some quality with regards to rugby players in Germany. Our aim this season is to ensure players get the recognition for it. We will work hard now to prepare for the Belgium game, and move the squad forward in preparation for Army A in January. I am also keen to develop players that don’t cut it in the first couple of sessions, and look to the future of Army Rugby”
WOII Jason Davies, Backs coach:
“It is a real honour and privilege to be asked to coach BA(G). Having played for BA(G) in the past and cut my teeth with the Army masters I was very impressed with the standard and commitment of all those who trained. I am very keen to develop all aspects of the backline and hopefully produce an Army star of the future. The standard of rugby has to be high especially with the upcoming games. I see great potential in the squad and a sound base for the future”.
SSgt Chris Williams, Head Coach:
“The idea behind the training day was to unearth players that have not been involved with BA (G) before, as well as setting out the coaches’ vision for the season.
The day proved to be worthwhile with several players identified as future members of the squad, each player regardless of experience and time in the squad was given an action plan at the end of the day. A further positive was LCpl Ratubalavu 1 PWRR and LCpl Cabameissa representing Rugby for Heroes in a charity match against the Royal Engineers, both players performed admirably and are on the radar for the Army Senior and 7s team”
WOII Rob Lockyer, Manager:
“It was great to see so many players turn out for the occasion all with bags of enthusiasm which helped towards the success of the day.
Although there were thirty or so players at the training camp there were quite a few who were absent due to other commitments and injury, which goes to show the amount of passion for rugby there is within BFG.
The high turnout with those missing will surely give the coaching staff some headaches over selection, which can only be a good thing as far as BA (G) Rugby is concerned”.
Sgt Adi Cubs, Coach Co-ord:
“Another fantastic opportunity was given to the players of BA(G), using the expertise of the BA(G) coaches. Some familiar faces arrived on the Saturday morning for what promised to be an intense training and selection day, and it was these faces that brought on the newer members of the squad. Albeit was a selection session, it also gave the opportunity for the BA(G) coaches to try out some new moves and in the same breath nurture the talent on show”.
The Day was a great success and the aim was certainly achieved. The BA (G) Rugby now looks forward to a promising season. The first game will be held on the 9 November, against Belgium.
On behalf of the management I would like to thank all the units who released their players.
BA (G) Rugby Mission statement
“To develop players for the B A (G) Rugby squad, in order to give them the opportunity to progress in to the Army A Squad in 2014”
If you require any further information, please contact Captain Paul Jones DoR BA(G) on the following e-mail address: