As one Nottingham Rugby legend stepped down following a five-point final day loss last weekend against Doncaster to leave the Green & Whites tenth in an eleven-team table this year, another will step into the Management shoes from this summer as former club captain Craig Hammond will return as Head Coach to replace the departing Neil Fowkes.
Fowkes who spent 22 years at Nottingham both as a player and coach, has joined the coaching staff at Wasps and he’ll be replaced by Hammond who has made 289 appearances himself as a player for Nottingham with a record 227 of those coming as captain, spread over an eleven year spell between 2001 and 2012.
Hammond has most recently been working in Hong Kong as Interim coach for Hong Kong Rugby Union and stated “I would not have left Hong Kong for any old job. There is only one club that I would uproot my family, and give up an international coaching opportunity for, and that’s Nottingham. This is an incredible chance for my family and me and ultimately, I couldn’t say no.”
“When the offer came, it was gut wrenching, because both organisations are incredibly meaningful to me, but joining Nottingham and coaching in the Championship was a great chance for me to continue developing as a coach, and to continue supporting the club where I have spent most of my career. I am still hugely passionate about Nottingham and having the opportunity to captain the club as player, and now being able to return as coach, was too hard to resist.”
The New Zealander has also coached FWD South China Tigers and was assistant for the Hong Kong National Team before taking charge as Interim Head Coach having been part of the HKRU in recent years.
*Main image @scmpnews Craig Hammond leaves Hong Kong to return to Nottingham.