Stoke-on-Trent Rugby Club welcomed their new club lead coach


Stoke-on-Trent welcomed their new club lead coach, ex players now with international honours to meet club sponsors.

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire – Stoke-on-Trent Rugby Club introduced their their new club head coach Graham Smith for the 2016/17 season to the club and sponsors and were joined by former junior player and now Wasps and England under-20 international Dan Robson.


Dan Robson with Graham
Dan Robson with Graham Smith

Graham joined to help the club attract, develop and grow players at all age groups and maybe, just maybe win promotion with the first XV although this is not the primary driver. Graham’s desire was to apply the skills and techniques he learned in his international role and level 5 coaching and apply these with a men’s team in a social rugby setting but with a club that has some ambition too. The club’s plan is to work with Graham to help develop the coaching setup at all age groups and levels, encourage players to join and progress with the club and create a great future for the first team.

Dan Robson joined Stoke aged just 4 and played through every age group to under-16 where he found and took his opportunity to play at a professional level. Playing through the Stoke development system, Dan says the club played a real role in getting him to his current level and where the doors opened! Dan was talked about as a choice for the number 9 position for the victorious England senior tour of Australia, but was selected for the Saxons tour of South Africa after the first team chose to take two scrum half’s and played two full games and scored a wonder try.


Now at Wasps after moving from Gloucester Dan made 28 appearances for the Coventry based club last season scoring 8 tries. Described as one of the games ‘brightest young prospects’ Dan describes the club as a great setup and the experience as invaluable to be working with great coaches and players such as Danny Cipriani. It was great to have Dan with us for the evening.
Also joining us were a number of local businesses who sponsor the club at various age groups and levels including:

 David Vickers from main club sponsor Knights BMW
 Rob Bailey from RJS Solicitors
 Rich Brown from Blithfield Lakeside Barns
 Neville Carrithers from Wrights Pies
 David Barlow from Stoke SEAT
 Ben Parry from Alsecco

More details about Stoke-on-Trent Rugby Club can be found at including contact details for anyone keen to try rugby for themselves.

Stoke-on-Trent is an RFU whole club accredited rugby club playing at Hartwell Lane near Barlaston just south of the city. Established in 1890 the club has a proud local history and is well established in the local community. The club fields teams at every level and age group from Rugger Rats and Under 7 mini’s rugby through the junior ranks and into colts and fields 3 senior teams with the firsts playing in the Midlands 1 West Division of English rugby.