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Colts Welcome

Rob Fidler and Dan Eddie Old Pats Colts

Last season

Colts is the transition from Junior to Adult rugby and as a club we work hard to encourage as many of the lads to keep playing after under 16’s. Last season we faced a significant challenge with 10 of the under 16’s squad from the year before gaining a place in the highest level of the Gloucester Academy and hence unable to play for their club. That left 17 lads from the squad who had won the County Cup in April, 3 of whom sadly decided to take a rest from rugby.

The great news is that 14 of the lads started colts and one of the lads who had given up started playing again at Christmas and played every fixture from then until the end of the season! The team played some fantastic rugby with fixtures most weekends. Beating Clifton away with a squad of only 15 was a highlight, particularly as they went on to win the County Cup!

During the season the lads only lost 3 or 4 games sadly the last being the County Cup Plate Final in April! Having given Minchinhampton a 27-5 lead at half-time the lads came roaring back eventually losing by a point 34-33 and with another 5 minutes they would have won.

This season

The coaches at under 16’s hand the boys over to the Colts coaching team who aim to develop the lads with a different set of voices and style that help the player adapt during the transition to Senior rugby. This season we have increased the Colts coaching team and it now includes:

  • Gethin Evans:  1st team second row
  • Rob Fidler:  ex-Gloucester, Bath, England and Old Pats second row who still plays for the vets and has coached at Pats for 10 years.
  • Dan Eddie: ex-Leeds fly-half who played against Rob Fidler in the premiership and coached the 1st team at Pats in National 2.
  • James Parr: who teaches at Tommy’s and is an excellent referee and supports the coaches on game days.

The coaches are supported by Mark Evans, Adam Nicholson and Matt Cape who act as Team Managers and contact point with parents
and players.

We anticipate a squad of around 30 players this season which will ensure that we are able to give the older players targeted exposure to Senior rugby and make sure the younger lads get support from the older lads and get lots of game time. We have a full fixture list every weekend from September 9th.

The aims of colts are simple – we are there to make sure that as many of the lads as possible continue to play after under 16’s and make the transition to University and Senior rugby. This to be done in a fun environment that starts to integrate them with senior players.