RUGBY training is set to resume at Chard Rugby Club this week as players gear up for the 2023/24 season.

Men's pre-season training starts on Thursday, July 6 at 7pm, and will take place on the school pitches which can be accessed via Essex Close.

The club is welcoming back old players but is also on the lookout for new players.

So if you are looking for a new club, or to get back into the sport, head down to Chard Rugby Club this week to get started.

The senior teams for both men and women have recently confirmed their coaching lineup and captains for the upcoming season.

Trae Gosling continues his role as Senior Mens Head Coach for the 2023/24 season.

He said: "The future looks very exciting. Having the opportunity to stay for another season just gives the chance to push these players further.

"After a fought out season, we’re looking forward to as a squad, kicking on and setting new heights for the club."

There are two new coaches for the Second XV, with Dave Tucker and Nick Hyslop taking on the role.

They are both familiar faces at Chard RFC having played at the club and both actively involved in coaching before, they will now turn their attention to coaching senior rugby.

The club thanked outgoing coach, Andrew Mosley for his hard work and dedication to the Wing Commanders over the last few years.

Gavin Simpson will continue his role as Ladies Coach for the 2023/24 season as they continue to go from strength to strength preparing to enter the NC3 South West Central League.

For the team captains, the club confirmed announce that Luke Aplin will continue his role as Club Captain for the 2023/24 season.

Arron Lewis will be captaining the Wing Commanders this coming season while Charlie Taylor will be captaining the Ladies team for the year ahead.

Finally, Ben Thomas will be the new Director of Rugby this season as Jon Hendy steps down from role.

Ben Thomas said: "I’m excited to come back to Chard RFC and looking forward to being Director of Rugby.

"The club has an exciting vision and looking to build on what has already been a great few seasons for the club."

And Jon Hendy said after his departure: "I’d would like to thank the club for the opportunity of becoming Director of Rugby and have felt very proud and humbled to have been in the role for the last few years.

"I plan not to be a stranger and will continue next season to help the club where I can. Thanks to everyone for all the support you’ve shown me."