Railway Union have announced their coaching team for their adult sides for the coming 2013/14 season, which sees internal promotion and a number of new coaches join the existing coaching team that have played such a key part in the club’s success in the last two seasons…

CAPTION: (Left to right): Matt Browne, Ale Alatise, Daire Fitzgerald, Peter Burke, Mere Baker, Nathan Beuck, Shirley Corcoran, Michael O’Gruagain, John Cronin, Cian Greally, Redmond O’Mahony, Francis Roche, Professor John Ryan, Barry Lynch

New coaches Peter Burke, Nathan Beuck and Cian Greally are join the current coaching team, which includes Matt Brown, Mere Baker, Ale Alatise, Luke Heapes, Garry Dean and Paul Handley.

“Railway is known as a ‘young’ club with a young management and coaching team,” said Director of Rugby John Cronin, “and we have appointed coaches who can buy into the culture of the club and the vision of what we are trying to achieve. The consistent theme with our coaches is one of youth, of experience gained in Ireland and abroad, and of innovative and progressive thinking.

‘There is also a distinct pattern of success and achievement in each one of their careers to date. We believe that future performance is best predicted by past performance and we look forward to them continuing their success this season with Railway.”

Matt Brown and Peter Burke will coach the Men’s 1st XV, with Matt also coaching the Men’s Under-21s with Nathan Beuck. Garry Dean continues with the Men’s 2nd XV, as does Paul Handley with the Men’s 3rd XV. Cian Greally begins his coaching career this season with the Men’s 3rd XV and Mere Baker will lead the coaching with the Railway Women’s teams.

Ale Alatise will continue as club scrum coach and specialist forwards coach to the Men’s, Under-21s and Women’s sides. Player Welfare is led by Professor John Ryan, the Leinster Senior team doctor, with support from club physio Redmond O’Mahony and Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Heapes.

“Whilst the coaches will have game day responsibility with their respective teams, we very much operate as a ‘coaching team’ at Railway, utilising the expertise of each coach across all teams in the club,” said Cronin. “As per last season, every player in the club will, at some stage, participate in sessions given by every coach in the club.”

Director of Women’s Rugby Shirley Corcoran echoed this: “As well as having the undoubted expertise of Mere last season, our women’s teams also got same specialised coaching as the men’s sides. Having access to such a wealth of knowledge was a huge factor in our success last season and indeed the whole club’s success, as demonstrated with three Leinster leagues and two Leinster cups won across all teams.

‘This approach to coaching enables us to run technical sessions in unit skills like scrum and lineout, as well as skill specific individual coaching in areas such as half-back, lineout throwing, defence, ruck and maul, etc. I am delighted with continuity we will have this season, as well as the fresh ideas that Peter, Nathan and Cian will bring to the coaching team.”