Fylde RFC has extended Head Coach Warren Spragg’s appointment until the end of the 2020-21 season. Warren took over the role in the summer of 2017 and is in the middle of his 2nd season in this key position.
Chairman of Rugby Roger Banks said: “We have been delighted with Warren’s performance since he took over this role for the 2017-18 season. He is a young coach who has excellent organisational skills, technical knowledge and is well respected in the rugby community, in particular, amongst his squad of players. Last season was tough and it’s a measure of this respect that he retained virtually all the squad into this season’s campaign in National Two (North). He is a fine judge of young players, as you would expect given his responsibilities with the Sale Sharks Academy.
“We are delighted that he has committed himself to the Club for the next two seasons, especially as we enter our Centenary year in 2019-20. This will ensure continuity and give confidence to existing and potential players. Warren is a disciple of attacking rugby and thoroughly embraces traditional Fylde RFC values in that respect.”
Warren Spragg said: “I’m pleased that the club want me to continue in my role and that I have their backing as we move into the Centenary year and beyond. There should be some exciting seasons ahead on and off the pitch if we all keep striving to be better at what we do, and I am convinced that we have the right people at this club who are capable of making our short term future an exciting one!
“We’ve shown glimpses this season of what can happen at a club when you give young players an opportunity to play and the right support to develop collectively and individually. When I took over, one of the ambitions was to develop multiple young players with over 100 first team appearances and we’ve got a great group who are getting close to that number together! I am looking forward to supporting them as they mature over the next few seasons into a team who can make everybody associated with the club proud to call their own.
Background on Warren Spragg
Warren Spragg grew up in Manchester and attended Kirkham Grammar School whilst establishing himself as talented and versatile back in the region. He made his Premiership debut for Sale Sharks as a 19 year old in November 2002 at Bath and played a couple of games on loan at Fylde in February 2003. He moved on to Wakefield RFC and had two seasons with Orrell before moving to Italy to join Calvisano in the National Championship of Excellence. Two years later he joined rivals Petrarca Padova where he spent four seasons. He gained European Cup experience with both clubs.
Spragg has representative honours for England Schools, England U’20s, Lancashire, England Counties & Italy. He qualified for the Azzurri through an Italian grandmother and was capped for the full international side in 2006 and for the 7s team in 2007. He has played most often either on the wing or as fullback but earlier in his career he was a specialist fly-half.
He began to specialise in strength and conditioning work and in 2015 completed a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He also completed a PGCE at the University of Central Lancashire in 2016 whilst working at Myerscough College. He joined Sale Sharks as Academy Coach in 2016.