Graham Dawe named as new Cornwall coach
The Cornwall Rugby Football Union last night confirmed that Graham Dawe will take over as its new head coach.
The former England, Bath, Sale, Plymouth Albion and Launceston hooker will work alongside Ian Morgan for the 2013-14 season.
Dawe was involved with the England squad for ten years and played in the 1987 and 1995 World Cups. He won 14 major trophies during 12 years at Bath before moving on to Sale and also represented the Barbarians, South West, and Cornwall.
The appointment follows long-standing coach Dave ‘Benji’ Thomas’ decision to stand down after guiding the Duchy to the County Championship final over the summer.
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CRFU President Ken Plummer said: “Graham and Ian will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the CRFU. Personally, and on behalf of the rugby community of Cornwall, I offer a big warm welcome to both of them.”
Dawe said: “I am looking forward to coaching the Cornwall senior squad, and working with Ian Morgan in preparing the squad for the 2014 County Championship campaign.
“Although I have other commitments in the game, I feel it is a great honour to be asked to coach a county team that has so much rugby history and passion for the County Championship.”
Morgan, who played for Cornwall, RAF, Combined Services, Camborne, Lydney, Redruth, St Ives and Brixham, added: “I am really excited about coaching Cornwall; it is something I have wanted to do for a long time.
“It will be great to work with Dawesy, I have known Graham for a long time now and I think we will work well together.
“There is a lot of exciting talent in Cornwall and hopefully we can put a team together and go one better this season.
“The players will have learned from that experience and that will only help the squad. I can’t wait to get started.”
Chair of the CRFU, Denis Preece added: “These appointments will allow us to build on the good work of last few seasons.
“They will add to the set up that we currently operate, and I am sure will bring a new focus to everyone involved with the county squad.”
The CRFU’s decision is the culmination of extensive work towards the 2014 County Championship season.
Coaches and selectors have already started identifying potential players within the county and they will pick an extended squad in the New Year.