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James Hall takes on new role at Cambridge Rugby Club

James Hall has been appointed head of girls' rugby at Cambridge Rugby Club.
James Hall has been appointed head of girls' rugby at Cambridge Rugby Club.

James Hall has been announced as the new head of girls’ rugby at Cambridge Rugby Club.

The Rubies’ section of the club has been developing in recent years, with the foundations laid by Cate Dyble, Toby White, Sam and Sarah Sandercock.

Hall will look to build on that, bringing with him a wealth of experience of coaching at primary and secondary school levels, and academy, club and university level.

While studying applied sports science and coaching at the University of Bedford, he was also head coach of their Bulls squad, having previously been head of the junior academy at Highland RC, and held assistant coaching roles at Highland, and Ross and Sutherland RFC.

Before lockdown, Hall spent three months being mentored by Gary Streete and Harlequins Ladies RFC.

“I’m very excited to be joining Cambridge Rugby Club as the head of girls’ rugby,” said Hall.

“The opportunity to come into a club that has a strong community as well as performance focus and a real growth mindset is very appealing to me.

“In my eight years of coaching I have learnt that the thing that makes a programme and a
team successful are the people that are involved.

“It is my hope that we can build an inclusive programme to suit both performance focused players and the social focused players.

“The opportunity to build a women’s programme and a girl’s academy system is a great expansion for the current Rubies’ programme and I would like to think that there is a pathway for youth players to advance up the ranks from minis to one day play for a first XV Cambridge ladies team and further play international rugby.

“The opportunity to come into your family and help develop ladies and girls’ rugby both at the club and in the local Cambridge area is a challenge I am very excited to be taking on. I can’t wait to meet you all and get started on this journey.”

Cambridge director of rugby Richie Williams said: “As we approach our centenary season in 2023, it is an exciting period for the club, and in particular girls’ rugby.

“During the application process, James was the standout candidate, through his experiences and his enthusiasm for player development.

“James shares the same vision as the club and we look forward to supporting him and the Rubies programme in the future.’”

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