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RUGBY: Washington move as Krissie signs up for Bridport
7:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Rugby
BRIDPORT chairman Mark Perkin has insisted the club’s decision to recruit a woman as their new first-team coach is not a token gesture.
With two women already coaching in the club’s junior set-up, the Blues have given their top job to Krissie Washington, formerly with Welsh region Cardiff Blues.
Washington will be assisted in running the team by Ayorinde Fraser, previously with Guild-ford, with Rob Sullivan taking over from Ricky Stubbs as captain.
The club also has a schools liaison officer on board in Guy Furner as Bridport look to build for the future.
The Blues are trying to secure their RFU accreditation and Perkin feels that giving opportunities to women can work on several levels.
“With one female coach we could be accused of tokenism but with three, hopefully the RFU will look on us favourably for our accreditation,” he said.
“Some may look at it as a bit of a novelty but Krissie is a proper coach with a qualification.
“She has played representative rugby for England and knows what she is talking about.
“It doesn’t matter about what sex she is, the boys will listen and she is someone who can pass on her knowledge.”
Perkin is hoping that the new coaching set-up will have time to bed in, while in the short term, it’s all about stability as the Blues prepare to get their Dorset & Wilts One South season under way on Saturday at Frome Seconds (3pm).
“We’ve lost a few players since last season and with a new coaching team the aim is not to get relegated,” added Perkin. “We’re hoping the first and seconds (home to Blandford Seconds on Saturday) can stay where they are and keep things on an even keel this year.”
The firsts were knocked out of the Dorset & Wilts Cup last Saturday with Mike Pibworth scoring their only try in a 45-5 defeat at East Dorset.
Puddletown will be looking to make a winning start to their Dorset & Wilts Two South campaign when they welcome old rivals Poole to Greenfields tomorrow (3pm).
But while recent results between the two sides have favoured the Villagers, coaching co-ordinator Toby Musgrove is urging the players not to take anything for granted.
“It’s a new season and no doubt Poole, like us, will have seen some changes over the summer, so past performance mean nothing – it’s how we play on the day that counts,” he said.
Musgrove and skipper Tom Yeatman will select from a squad boosted by the addition of six new players signed during the close season.
Meanwhile, Swanage & Wareham begin life in Southern Counties South at North Dorset (3pm) following relegation last season.
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