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Double Promotion For Wymondham Rugby Club

Andy Thomson Published: 01 May 2024

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Skipper Charlie Delaney receives the trophy from club president John Mackay. Photo credit: Kerry Lake

A Red and Black army of rugby supporters witnessed club history being made as Wymondham secured side-by-side promotions for the men’s two senior sides.

Both the club’s 1st and 2nd XVs are going up - and playing at their highest-ever level - after top-of-the-table finishes to the league season.

The 1sts beat a spirited Wisbech side 65-24 in the last league game of the season. For club captain Josh Wright it was his final 1st team game after more than 300 caps for the club.

“What a way to bow out!” he said. “I’ve played for Wymondham man and boy for 30 years, been part of three promotions but this was by far the most exciting.

“The best bit was the final whistle - followed by a lot of celebrating!”

Promotion will see Wymondham’s 1st team taking on the likes of Holt and Southend in the sixth level of English rugby next season. And the club’s 2nd XV will play in the eighth tier.

Head coach Max Dominy said: “I am incredibly proud of everyone involved with Wymondham RFC. This is my first year as Head Coach but it feels as though I have been here for many seasons due to the real cohesion and drive we have as a senior men's group - both to be successful and to enjoy ourselves along the way.

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Club captain Josh Wright and son after his final 1st team game for Wymondham. Photo credit: Kerry Lake

“I must say a massive thank you to the coaching team and support staff. They have all been incredible.

“As for the players, they have been excellent! We spoke at the start of pre-season about buying-in, and being comfortable being uncomfortable with all of the changes that happened over the summer with new coaches, processes, players and game plans etc.

“The players have done that, and I do believe that this is the start of a really special period in the history of Wymondham RFC.”

Director of Rugby Tom Armes said the success had come after several years of growth and Wymondham had emerged from lockdown in a much better position than many other clubs.

“We’ve got great facilities here at Barnard Fields, a real depth to the senior squad in both numbers and amazing talent in key positions.

“We finished last season at the highest level this club had ever achieved - and no one was happy about it because we knew we were good enough to get promoted.

“There’s ambition here. We’ve built momentum, gained some great players and coaches, and everyone has worked incredibly hard. It’s come good and now we crack on - there’s a lot more this squad can achieve.”

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