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Richmond Women’s Section, a fully integrated section of the wider club, is the only women’s club in the UK to have three senior women’s rugby teams.  The Head Coach is responsible for overseeing the management of the section’s coaching team and the running and progression of the three squads, with specific coaching responsibility for the First XV. 

The First XV play within the RFU Women’s Premiership and are current title holders having recently won the first women’s play off final broadcast live on Sky TV. The First XV squad consists of a number of established senior premiership players and international elite women’s players from across the Four Nations, both at senior and Under 20s level, and the role necessitates regular contact with national coaching teams to support individual player development.  The Women’s Premiership competition runs from September to January, with a league cup competition following in February to April.  Fixtures are played on Sundays, with club training on Tuesday and Thursdays. The Second XV are currently Championship South title holders, and a large majority of the players are key participants in the Surrey County Programme.  The Third XV are competitive within National Challenge South West 1and offer a gateway and pathway to develop players new to the game and those transitioning from junior to senior rugby who wish to progress to higher levels.

Whilst this is not a full time position, the nature of the role will require the successful candidate to be able to put in the requisite time and commitment to the role.  It is an excellent opportunity for any Level 3 qualified coach who is looking to work with a high standard of rugby player, and expand their coaching experience given the calibre of the players involved.  In addition, there is the opportunity to work with the RFU and national coaching staff during a period of significant growth in the women’s game post the WC success in 2014 and heading into the WC 2017.


REPORTS TO: The Head Coach will lead the women’s section coaching team and will be appointed by and report directly to the Director of Rugby and Chair of the Women’s Committee.

DURATION: Appointed in Summer 2016 for the 2016/17 domestic league season which runs September 2016 to March 2017. 

SALARY: There is a budget for expense remuneration which will be subject of discussion upon appointment of the successful candidate


  •  Hold a current Level 3 RFU coaching qualifications or its equivalent
  •  Be an experienced & successful rugby coach at senior level and had previous management/coaching or playing experience in senior rugby sides (This will require references)
    •  Will possess a current and valid DBS disclosure certificate, or be prepared undergo DBS check
  • Have excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to engage and motivate at all levels
  • Be hardworking, honest, trustworthy and able to buy into and positively shape the culture and ethos of the section and club


  • To devise and lead on the training plan and coaching delivery for the section’s for the season.  This will include the league and competition phases and the scheduling of pre season warm up fixtures.
  • Set and work with wider section coaching team to devise the attacking and defensive strategies for all three squads
    • Manage the respective coaches appointed to run each senior squad and set clear areas of responsibility
    • Oversee and have final decision in section selection processes and ensure all coaching staff and team managers are aware of current RFU regulations applicable to the women’s game
    • Specific responsibility as lead coach for the First XV squad on training evenings and match days, ensuring that all training sessions are focussed and directed to maximise player development, intensity and enjoyment 
    • Devise and implement clear feedback processes for evaluation of coaching sessions, post match squad analysis and individual performance to be used by all three squads.  This will include working with ad incorporating the expertise of the appointed video analyst for the section.
    • Provide feedback to assistant coaches and devise coaching development plans where appropriate to support coach development
    • Regularly engage with coaching staff in national coaching teams to support international player development  
    • Proactively seek to establish sustainable links with partner institutions to create and embed feeder pathways to support ongoing recruitment

Closing Date: it Wednesday 6th July
The club would like to have the successful candidate in place by Mid July. 

How To Apply: email
Please send a short covering letter along with your rugby CV.
Toanswer any immediate queries please contact Laura Kapo by