Club Women: Malone Announce New Coaching Team

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Saturday 13th April. Malone Women claim the Ulster Junior Cup following a 27 - 17 win against a spirited City of Derry. Photo credit John McMurtry - The Front Row Union

Now that rugby clubs are back to training, Belfast club, Malone RFC are excited to announce a new coaching set-up for their women’s teams for the forthcoming season. Malone field two senior women’s sides with the 1st XV playing, at the highest level, in the Women’s AIL and the 2nd XV playing in the Ulster Women’s Conference.

Jamie McMullan will take on the role of head coach, Niamh McHugh comes in as defence coach and clubman Derek McCallion will assist.

Malone RFC Women's Coach Jamie McMullin 2021
Head Coach: Jamie McMullan

McMullin has previously coached with Grosvenor RFC, Grosvenor Grammar School and Loughborough Students RFC.

He takes over at the start of what should be a challenging few seasons in the women’s game in Ireland as they look to adapt to supplying players to an Ireland Women’s team that will be competing in a International XV global calendar come 2023.

McMullin says of his new role:

I am delighted to get the opportunity to work with a very exciting group of players who are ambitious and want to progress. I am looking forward to starting as soon as we can and provide an opportunity for the ladies to get back to training, playing and enjoying their rugby.

Defence Coach: Niamh McHugh

McHugh joins from Loughborough College where she held the defence coach post and was in charge of the college’s unbeaten 2nd XV as well as the Loughborough Lightning Centre of Excellence development team.

Assistant Coach: Derek McCallion

McCallion has been working with the girls’ section for the last three years and another club stalwart, Joe McAllister, will take on the role of head of girls youth coaching and overseeing all youth teams.

Malone Rugby Football Club is situated on the Cregagh Road in Belfast, and as well as the two women’s senior sides, has a female youth section catering for under-12s to under 18s, offering a pathway to senior and representative rugby.

At present the club boasts 13 current players in the Ulster squad and an Irish international in Neve Jones.

Neve Jones scores for Ulster against Leinster in the Women’s Interprovincials at City of Armagh RFC
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If you, or anyone you know would be interested in joining Malone women either as a senior or youth player, whether you are a beginner or experienced player, please get in touch with the club via email:

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