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Your News New head coach appointed at Sevenoaks RFC

Sevenoaks Rugby Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Danny Vaughan as head coach, with immediate effect.

One of Kent’s most renowned coaches, Vaughan brings a wealth of high level experience and a track record of proven success to Sevenoaks. From 2004 until 2011 he was head coach at Canterbury, leading them to four consecutive Kent Cup victories and promotion to National Division 2 – rugby’s Level 4. In 2006, Canterbury won the prestigious Rugby World National team of the year ward under Danny’s leadership.

Prior to joining Canterbury, Vaughan was head coach at Blackheath, Kent’s premier rugby club, where he gained further national League experience, and at Westcombe Park, with whom he also won the Kent Cup.

A full-time rugby coach, Vaughan is employed by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as a Community Rugby Coach for East Kent and is one of the few coaches to hold RFU Level 4 coaching status. He is a member of the Red Rose Masterclass Elite Coaches Programme at Twickenham.

Outside of club rugby, Vaughan followed a two-year period as head coach of the Kent County U23 squad by taking over as head coach of the full Kent senior squad in 2002, a position he held for six years. He has also coached at the University of Kent, and run development sessions for the Estonian national squad. As a player, Vaughan gained huge experience with Blackheath, for whom he played more than 150 1st XV games.

Sevenoaks Senior Rugby Chairman Paul Shirtcliff welcomed the appointment, saying. “Danny is one of Kent’s foremost coaches and his track record speaks for itself. We are delighted to have him on board at Sevenoaks and feel sure his appointment will give our players the boost they need to take their rugby education on to the next level.”

Club Chairman Lee Adamson echoed the sentiments, adding, “these are exciting times for Sevenoaks, with the improvement of our facilities moving ahead and our national championship winning academy players now filtering through to senior rugby. Hopefully Danny’s appointment sends a very positive signal about our ambitions and intentions on the field, too.”

Pre-season Training starts Tuesday 5th July

At last, after months of boredom, indifference and Wayne Rooney on a Saturday afternoon, the season is almost upon us. Pre-season training begins on Tuesday 5th July from 19h30 and will be held at the Wilderness School, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks.

Training will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 19h30 sharp to 21h00 on the rugby pitch behind the sports centre and will include core fitness and strength training sessions taken by Jason Crowe from the Better Body

Shop. Please note that there are no shower or changing facilities at the school.

Team Selection, SRFC Acorns Style (with thanks to Jamie Andrews)

Two 90 year old men, Mike and Joe, have been friends all of their lives.

When it's clear that Joe is dying, Mike visits him every day. One day Mike says, "Joe, we both loved rugby all our lives, and we played rugby on Saturdays together for so many years. Please do me one favour, when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's rugby there."

Joe looks up at Mike from his death bed, "Mike, you've been my best friend for many years. If it's at all possible, I'll do this favour for you.”

Shortly after that, Joe passes on.

At midnight a couple of nights later, Mike is awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him, "Mike…..Mike."

"Who is it?” asks Mike sitting up suddenly. "Who is it?"

"Mike--it's me, Joe."

"You're not Joe. Joe just died."

"I'm telling you, it's me, Joe," insists the voice.

"Joe! Where are you?"

"In heaven", replies Joe. "I have some really good news and a little bad news."

"Tell me the good news first," says Mike.

"The good news," Joe says," is that there's rugby in heaven. Better yet, all of our old friends who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we're all young again. Better still, it's always spring time and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play rugby all we want, and we never get tired.”

"That's fantastic," says Mike. "It's beyond my wildest dreams! So what's the bad news?”

"You're in the team for this Saturday”

Overseas player support

In order to bolster our playing squad and help with junior coaching on Sundays, we are once again looking at recruiting an overseas player for the coming season, something we have done successfully many times in the past. This would be a strictly non-paying arrangement, so we would need to find a job and accommodation for any such overseas player.

If you think you might be in a position to help with either of these, please let me know on 07949-027103 or In particular, if you have your own business or are in a position to influence employment, that would be a great help.

Please be assured we are not looking for firm offers at this stage, just an indication that you might be able to help. In due course, any potential recruit would be expected to send a CV and go through all the normal checks.

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