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Tales Heads for Wales 19 Nov 2020

RGC Academy Skills Coach joins Wales Womens Coaching Team

With the announcement of Rachel Taylor becoming Wales Womens Skills Coach, it again shows RGC are developing not only players but coaches as well.

Taylor’s time at RGC has benefited her as a coach “I’m really pleased, in the current climate with the pandemic and its effects on the rugby world, I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’ve been shaped by all at RGC as a coach and I’m looking forward to implementing that into the national role”

Having been part of the Academy Coaching set up within RGC, Josh Leach has seen her work 1st hand on the training field and knows she will continue to develop within the national team.

“I'm sure everyone in North Wales wishes Rachel the very best in her new position. Women's rugby is going to grow quickly with increasing investment, so this role is an exciting opportunity for Rach to be a part of that, and to continue to develop her coaching through a World Cup campaign.

"Rach is one of the most celebrated players of the women's international game, and will now be able to offer her experience and learnings to the young female players within the National programme.  She brought a huge amount of energy and a fresh set of eyes into the Academy, whilst leading the planning and delivery within the age grade programme, and having a really positive impact on those involved. Whilst we are all sorry she won't be so heavily involved anymore, we wish her nothing but best in her new job."

Work rate and commitment are a couple of words that can describe Rachels time in the North Wales set up as Marc Roberts explains -

“I'm really pleased that Rachel has had the opportunity to move on and work in the performance women's game. I first interviewed Rachel for the role of Rugby co-ordinator in RGC West , Rachel was still playing and captain of Wales women at the was evident that Rachel was keen to give something back to the game and it was also clear that she had a vast knowledge and experience of the game to pass on to players and coaches.

Rachel was successful in the role and showed her true work ethic when managing a full-time job and her international and regional playing commitments. The demands were huge, but she never moaned or gowned, and I know how hard she had to work to keep all those plates spinning. 

It was clear that Rachel was developing into an excellent coach and she thrived in developing the RGC West U15s side, during this time we worked together to develop the RGC womens team. It was a joy to coach a team that Rachel captained as she led with such professionalism.

Although Rachel did fancy herself as a kicker with several failed cross field kicks and grubbers in training. Thankfully, she didn't attempt these in games!!

When Rachel finally hung up her boots it was clear that coaching was her direction of travel (and not singing as highlighted in some of our Xmas charity songs!)  coaching Colwyn Bay Mens team, Dewar shield RGC West and RGC Women. Rachel has been a fantastic member of the team adding expertise and energy always joining in team activities.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for everything she has done for the North Wales community department and RGC women. I wish her all the best in the future.”