New Zealander Len Ethell has been appointed the new coach of Athboy RFC…

Len comes to the club having spent most of his coaching career at Mullingar RFC where he had been involved in underage sides as well as the clubs 1st and 2nd sides,

Indeed his first involvement in coaching at adult level was as assistant to current Leinster Coach Joe Schmidt during his time as Mullingar’s head coach.

Len has also been Director of Coaching at Portarlington RFC, Senior Coach & Head of Coaching at Wilson’s Hospital School and spent a season as Technical Director and National Team Coach of the Malta Rugby Football Union

Ethell takes over as Head Coach from fellow Mullingar clubman Dave Farrelly who in his 4 year involvement in Athboy led the club to 2 league titles (2010 and 2011) before losing out to local rivals Navan in the 2012 league final

The New Zealander spent his playing career at scrum half for clubs like Marist Auckland and Ponsonby and at The St Helier Club in the UK, has IRFU Levels 1, 2, 3 Coaching qualifications as well as a Diploma in Sports Psychology from Newcastle University.

While Len’s primary objective will be to regain the Magee Cup he will also be closely involved in imparting his knowledge to the other coaches at the Club as well as helping the Athboy develop a 2nd XV and to help the clubs goal of assembling a playing squad capable of playing in the Leinster League.

Senior Mens Pre season Training will commences on Tuesday, 24th July at 7.30pm.

Training Every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm

New Players (and not so new players) are welcome.

For more information contact Club Captain JP Matthews on 087-9222259.