new coaching staff at the LIONS

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of a number of new additions to The Rugby Football Club’s coaching team. They join the current Lions back-room staff which includes Ben Everton, Ray Hopkin & Ian Edwards - as the club seeks to re-establish itself as a major playing force again in the Midlands.

Leon Pohe: Born in New Zealand, Leon started his sporting prowess in professional basketball before switching to rugby league and union. He coached in both codes in Wellington, achieving success and winning grand finals before moving to the UK in 2006. After his playing days, Leon has had a wealth of experience coaching in the top two echelons of rugby union in the UK, as well as at college level and in the women’s game.

John Allbright: An experienced Coach, John started his playing career at Moseley in the 80’s followed by playing and coaching stints at Walsall and Stourbridge. Currently Warwickshire based, he has experience of coaching at all levels in the County, from Minis, Juniors all the way up to Colts and Warwickshire under-20’s. Latterly he was a senior coach at Burton, and is relishing the challenge at Rugby Lions, whilst he completes his level 3 coaching qualifications.

Ben Husthwaite: No stranger to the Lions, Ben is a former club captain and a formidable No 8. Better known as a competitive and controversial World Clay Pigeon Shooting champion now, Ben travels the world honing the skills of some of the world’s top shooting stars, celebrities and royalty amongst others. His elite sportsman status and a winning edge mentality will be a big bonus for the Lions stars of tomorrow.

Mike Howes: Mike joined the Lions in 2017 and has been a regular first team centre ever since. During the Covid-ridden season last year, Mike stepped up to his senior status ranking by regularly overseeing training sessions and displaying his leadership qualities amongst the players. He has a talent for coaching and the Lions are pleased to have him on board as an important part of the senior coaching squad.

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