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New Faces Added to the Nottingham Rugby Backroom Team

Nottingham Rugby is pleased to announce the additions of two new members of staff to their backroom team.

Andy And Tracey

The club has welcomed strength and conditioning coach Andy Smith who brings a wealth of experience with him to the role.

Smith has held the same position with the Scottish national side, Glasgow Warriors and Newcastle Falcons.  He has been involved in the Six Nations and was part of the backroom team in 2008 when Scotland last clinched the Calcutta Cup with victory over England at Murrayfield.

His experience has also seen him work with leading athletes in cycling, triathlon, tennis, kayaking, swimming and table tennis.  He studied at Nottingham Trent University and played rugby union and rugby league during his time there.  He has also played for Ilkeston RFC and the Nottingham Outlaws.

On his appointment, Smith commented, "I'm really looking forward to the start of pre-season and getting the Nottingham squad in shape for what is going to be a big season in the Championship.  There are some tough teams in this league so we need to be physically prepared to meet the challenge head on.

"If we work hard, then the results will come.  The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary!

"Martin Haag played a big role in selling the opportunity to me.  He's very switched on as a head coach and has embraced modern methods of training.  He has a clear vision of how he wants the team to play and his ambition of getting Nottingham back to the top end of the league was clear to see.  Ultimately, it was an easy decision to come."

Smith joins the club as long time strength and conditioning coach, Jo Brun, leaves the club for a new opportunity with Narbonne in his native France.

Commenting on both, Martin Haag said, "Firstly, I'd just like to wish Jo Brun the very best in his new role at Narbonne.  He has been a tremendous servant to Nottingham Rugby and has revolutionised the way the club approaches strength and conditioning.  We are sad to see him go but recognise what a great opportunity this is for him.

"In Andy Smith, we have secured someone of excellent calibre whose CV speaks for itself.  He is highly motivated by the challenge ahead and will bring fresh ideas to the table as we look to get the squad in the best possible condition for the season ahead.  I'm delighted to welcome him to Nottingham Rugby."

The club has also secured the services of Tracey Russell as the club's new Head Physiotherapist.  She joins having spent last season with the Cornish Pirates.  She has previously worked with Doncaster Knights and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

She said, "I've been living in Nottingham for five years but have always worked farther afield. When the opportunity to work with Nottingham Rugby came up I jumped at the chance. Rugby is in my blood as grew up in Northamptonshire and spent my Saturdays watching Northampton Saints.

"I'm really excited to be working with Martin and the coaching team this season and hope to bring some fresh ideas to the medical department which will help contribute to a successful season for us.

"Away from rugby, I'd normally spend plenty of time on the golf course in the summer but I have a five month old daughter so I think I'll be kept pretty busy this summer between looking after her and making sure the boys are ready for the season ahead!"

Russell comes in following the departure of Matt Taylor, another long serving member of the club's backroom team.

Haag commented, "Tracey joins the club with a wealth of experience across elite sport and we're thrilled that she has chosen to join Nottingham Rugby.  The Championship is a tough league which sees its fair share of wear and tear on the players so having a top class medical department is crucial if you want to be successful.  Tracey has already shown great enthusiasm for the role and will be looking to implement processes to enable the squad to thrive.

"Again, I would like to thank Matt Taylor and Response Physio for their dedication and commitment during their time involved with Nottingham Rugby.  They were a great asset to the club and we wish them all the best for the future."


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