Area coach Chris Lowden lands County role

Jackie and Sid Ward with granddaughter Angel.''Sid Ward, security manager, Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, and Jackie, former breast cancer sufferer, organisers of the Valentine's Ball, Ribby Hall.

Jackie and Sid Ward with granddaughter Angel.''Sid Ward, security manager, Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, and Jackie, former breast cancer sufferer, organisers of the Valentine's Ball, Ribby Hall.

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The Preston Grasshoppers front row forward and Community Rugby Coach in the Burnley and Pendle area, is a native of Belfast but has spent the last few years in the region, and joins the very successful 18 Group coaching set-up, following in the shoes of Dave Wilks who is now a coach at the Sale Sharks Academy.

Commenting on his appointment, Chris said: “This is a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to working with the squad and the rest of the Coaching team.”

Jason Duffy will be the lead coach of the group, assisted by Chris, Mark Devine and Dino Radice.

The development group held their first training session on Monday at Trafford MV RFC and have their first game pencilled in for Sunday, March 13th against rivals Yorkshire.

Further games with Cheshire & North Wales have also been arranged.