Mark Kirwin steps down as head coach of Banbury Lions 2nd XV.

Mark Kirwin steps down as head coach of Banbury Lions 2nd XV.

By Alex Inch
30th January
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After years of brilliant service to Banbury RUFC, Mark Kirwin has sadly stepped down as Head coach of the Banbury Lions 2nd XV.


After years of brilliant service to Banbury RUFC, Mark Kirwin has sadly stepped down as Head coach of the Banbury Lions 2nd XV due to new work commitments.

Mark Kirwin “I have taken up a new role in Chorley, this has meant working Monday to Friday in the North West of England. And so, with a heavy heart I have had to step down as head coach of the Banbury 2nd team. I will still continue my work with the Oxfordshire U18’s.
I have loved my time developing the 2nd team to what has become a very impressive outfit. I wish you all continued success in the Midlands Reserve League where week in week out you play National 2 and National 3 second team sides. Many who would push Banbury’s first team.
This has meant that when the first team calls, we can deliver many players who can hold their own at level 6. Long may this continue. I have loved every minute of my time with Banbury 2nd’s and look forward to watching the whole club continue to thrive as I watch in the stands.”

Jamie Briggs: “I would like to extend my thanks to Mark for his fantastic efforts with the second team. This year has seen the club struggle with a number of serious injuries but the boys who have stepped up haven’t looked out of place at all. The second team could have chosen easier leagues but under Mark’s leadership have always strived to test themselves at higher levels. This has helped contribute to the standard of rugby we have at the club today.”

Matt Goode: “Thank you Mark, your dedication and passion to the second team has been phenomenal. The boys that have stepped up have rarely looked out of place and that has been a huge part in the Bulls success. I’ve spent more evenings than I can remember out on the training pitches with Mark. It didn’t matter what the conditions, Mark would be out there volunteering his time, working on bits and pieces with his team. Good luck in the future.”

Jamie Lakin and Stevie Nutt have taken control of the second side for the remainder of the season and will be working hard to finish the season positively starting this Saturday vs Newbold, 1pm Kick Off.

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