SBS Bank Hawkins

Hawkins Metro Division 1

21 Feb 2013

BurnsideOnly two Hawkins Division 1 Metro clubs (New Brighton and University) will have completely new coaching line-ups for the 2013 season. Seven clubs however have different coaching combinations. Signifying the strength of Metro rugby, the competition will again be 12-strong.

Belfast will once again have Don Fisher and Simon Wilson coaching. Don says his side will have a reasonably consistent line-up this season with only two players (who are on their overseas experience) missing from last year.

Burnside (Pictured) has Dave ‘Crash’ Robertson back from last season but Pete Manson is taking a year off from the side and will be coaching at under-20 level. Club stalwart Graeme Turner will join Dave at the helm of the 2012 champions.

There is also change at Christchurch. In charge this season is Matt Mustchin (who was at the helm last season) with new dad Daniel O’Brien, who makes a well-deserved step up from the Colts.

High School Old Boys’ coaching line-up has changed as Aaron Mauger is now of course with the Crusaders. Nathan Mauger takes over from his brother. He teams up with Simon Livingstone.

Lincoln University has retained its coaches from last season, with the talented and experienced John Haggart and Dave Perrin at the helm of the students.

Scott Hansen is also back with Linwood this year. Scott coaches this season with Aaron Smith, Jimmy Wells and, returning after a year off, Aaron Parker.

Marist Albion may be one side to watch this season if their coaching line-up is anything to go by: Chris Hay returns but with an all-star cast of Adrian Kennedy and Kelly Hansen assisting.

New Brighton also report change with Steve Ellis and Scott Pawson taking over the reigns from the experienced Steve Crotty and Bill Barry. 

Shirley has former Canterbury half-back Allan Lindsay back at the helm again this year, although he will be joined this season by University and former Canterbury stalwart John McCaw.  

Sumner has lost Scott Robertson to Canterbury (although he will still be involved with the side in some form) but it has retained Rhys Allan. Rhys will be joined by Shane Cowles.  

John Sherratt will again be the head coach at Sydenham and he will again be joined by Sean Cuttance.

University will this year be led by Sidney Tauamiti, formerly of Sydenham, and Glen Fyall.

The competition this season begins on Saturday 6 April with the competition having no clear pre-season favourite.


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