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Director of Rugby at Firwood Waterloo Rugby will not renew his contract after ‘unusual end’ to 2019-20 season

Director of Rugby at Firwood Waterloo Rugby will not renew his contract after ‘unusual end’ to 2019-20 season

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

THE Director of Rugby at Firwood Waterloo Rugby will not renew his contract after the ‘unusual end’ to the 2019-20 season.

A spokesperson for Firwood Waterloo Ladies said: “Following the ‘unusual’ end to the 2019-20 season, uncertainty around the resumption of Rugby, and the unsuccessful retender bid for the Tyrells Premier15s for 2020-24, it has been mutually agreed that Director of Rugby, Neil Ryan will not renew his contract with the club.

“Ryan was a player at Waterloo at the beginning of his career and rejoined to head up the Women’s coaching staff on a short contract during the summer of 2019. His exciting vision for a four-year project was dependent on the club retaining Premiership status for the second term.

Speaking from isolation, Neil said: “I would like to thank Waterloo Ladies for the opportunity that was given to me to become Director of Rugby When I joined it was my intention that this was a four year plan but it wasn't to be with being unsuccessful with our bid.

“I have had a great time being back at Waterloo and would like to thank all the players, coaching staff and especially Christine and Gill for all their help and support. I wish the club all the best in their next chapter.”

Chair of Women’s Rugby, Christine Braithwaite added “Firwood Waterloo Ladies wish to acknowledge the tremendous hard work put in by Neil over the curtailed season and his dedication to the re-tender process. Unfortunately our bid was ultimately unsuccessful. We wish Neil all the best for his future career and hope to welcome him back at The Memorial Ground next season to share a long-awaited beer!

“Also leaving the club is Welsh Hooker Molly Kelly who has signed with rugby’s newest team, Sale Sharks. We fully understand Molly’s decision and wish her well for her bright international future.”

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