New Welsh Head Coach

Thornbury gain Former Welsh rugby captain and onetime record cap holder Gareth Llewellyn is the new Head Coach

Former Welsh rugby captain and onetime record cap holder Gareth Llewellyn is the new Head Coach of Thornbury Rugby Club. The former lock, who is one of a select few to play international rugby in three decades, takes over from Tony Down for the 2009/10 season.

Llewellyn, who has achieved level 4 coaching certification, will bring great experience to the South Gloucestershire club following an illustrious career which saw him play for Wales on 92 occasions between 1989 and 2004, feature in three World Cups and captain his country on 7 occasions. He played for Llanharan, Neath, Harlequins, Ospreys, Narbonne and Bristol as well as the Barbarians before retiring in 2007/08 and working as assistant coach at Tonmawr where last season the Port Talbot club were runners up in Division 1 West.

Thornbury, who made rugby headlines last season by ending the four-year unbeaten league record of Hartpury College, interviewed extensively with Llewellyn heading an impressive list of applicants. He will work with familiar faces at Thornbury as former Bristol team-mates Darren Crompton and David Blaney are among the coaching team at the Western Counties North club.

Chairman Roy Black said that Llewellyn brings new ideas, motivation and leadership qualities to the club and together with his impressive coaching qualifications Im certain he will make a big difference in the coming season. Thornbury have a sound player base and Gareth will have a group who have benefited from the work done by Tony Down and his coaching team over the last three seasons.


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