Following a successful 2017, with the Women’s Premier side reaching the Victoria Tavern Trophy final for the first time in a number of seasons, Old Boys University RFC is pleased to announce the coaching team for 2018.
Last season’s head coach and Wellington Pride forwards coach, Gary Hilsdon, returns for 2018, and will be joined again by Mui Liumaihetau as forwards and set piece coach. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to build on the success of last year,” says Gary. “Mui brings a wealth of experience to the forwards coaching role, and it was apparent last year that the gains made by the players were in no small part down to his input.”
“We have a core of seasoned and returning players who bring experience to the group. Add in some exciting new arrivals and we’ve got a great mix of good people to work with. Mui and I will look to maximise their potential for the benefit of the team and of their own rugby careers”
Further appointments to the coaching and management team will be announced in due course.
In line with its commitment to grow and value the women’s game, Old Boys University is also delighted to announce the appointment of Gina Williamson as the new Women’s Rugby Development Officer. Gina has played for the OBU Impalas for a number of years and also represents the Wellington Pride. She captained the Impalas in 2017. Gina comments, “I’m excited about the opportunity to partner across the team, club and community to showcase OBU Women’s rugby and contribute to continuing on-field success.”
Club Chairman Jaesen Sumner anticipates an exciting 2018 season for the Premier Women’s side. “Our Premier Women did the club proud in 2017, being runners up in the Victoria Tavern Trophy competition. Under the guidance of Gary and Mui, I’m looking forward to seeing the side build on that platform in 2018.
The addition of Gina in the WRDO role is a great step forward for the club. With interest in women’s rugby growing hugely, this role will showcase the opportunities available to OBU players, and attract new players into the OBU family.”