Aylesbury Rugby club appoint new Head of Rugby

The rugby club have rung the changes, appointing a stalwart of the club as Head of Rugby.

By Thomas Bamford
Monday, 29th June 2020, 8:51 am
Updated Monday, 29th June 2020, 8:54 am
Aylesbury RFC said they were 'delighted' with the appointment
Aylesbury RFC said they were 'delighted' with the appointment

The club have appointed former England Saxon James Buckland, as their head of rugby.

Mr Buckland is also a former junior player at Aylesbury and currently is the Managing Director of Next Phase Academy, with over 20 years experience of professional rugby.

He has enjoyed an illustrious career, with two Premiership winner's medals, a European Cup Finalist medal and caps for England Saxons.

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On top of this, he has enjoyed a coaching career that has included International, English Premiership and Championship experience.

Dave Payne, Director of Rugby at Aylesbury says, “We are really excited to welcome James back home again to Aylesbury. He left the club to pursue a professional career and returns with a wealth of knowledge of the game.

"His new responsibilities will extend beyond the men’s senior squad to have impact across the whole club, working towards our vision of being the Home of Rugby for Aylesbury.

"That we have been able to secure someone of James’ experience and credibility, not only as a coach but from a management perspective as well, is a fantastic result.

"To go with our already excellent facilities, including a new gym and all-weather pitch, we will continue to work towards supporting the delivery of rugby coaching throughout the whole club. We are all looking forward to getting back out on the pitch once the situation allows”

James Buckland is a former hooker, who has played for Northampton, Leicester Tigers, London Irish and London Wasps.

During his spell with the Tigers, Buckland featured in the 2007 Heineken Cup Final.

He also played as a replacement when Leicester won that year's Premiership final.

He also represented the England Saxons at the 2006 Churchill Cup.

James continued: “Playing at Aylesbury Rugby Club with my mates was where I started my rugby journey and I’m really happy to be back to support further generations.

"After speaking with Dave and understanding the Club’s vision for the future, I am thrilled to be able to play a part in helping the club fulfil that vision – not only for the men’s senior squad but across the whole club. Being able to return to your home club to ‘give something back’ is a rare opportunity and a privilege.’’

Aylesbury is a proud community club, with a full minis & junior section, including women and girls’ teams. New members are always welcome and there are opportunities to enjoy rugby as a player, a volunteer or supporter at any level.