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RUGBY UNION - Coventry Rugby appoint Boden as assistant and academy pathway coach

COVENTRY Rugby have strengthened their coaching group with the appointment of Steve Boden as first team assistant and academy pathway coach.

The 41-year-old was previously director of rugby at Doncaster Knights and joins Cov with immediate effect.

And set-piece specialist Boden hopes he can help Cov push for the title next season as Coventry look to improve on last term’s third-place finish,

Boden said: “I think Coventry is a great club and it’s exciting for me to be at a place where there’s a true rugby following in the town and it’s really well supported.

“I specialise in the set-piece and forward stuff but I’ve also been lucky to work with some really good coaches and I’ve picked a lot from them to mix with my own style.

“If I’m brutally honest Coventry is a club that’s really frustrated me during my coaching career because I’ve not had many good experiences here as a visitor.

“It’s a great place to play because of the crowd and the rugby following.

“I know Alex Rae really well and have a great relationship with him. I also know Gordon Ross and James Scaysbrook and think straightaway we’ve got a really good connection as a coaching group.”

Coventry head coach Alex Rae added: “Steve is someone I’ve known a long time. We are really pleased to bring someone into the coaching group of his quality and experience.

“His main responsibility will be the scrum and I truly believe he’s got the potential to be world-class in this area of the game.

“He’s got a proven track record for developing young props and we’re excited to see him get to work with our group.

“We’re also confident he will impact other areas of our game and really add to our already- strong coaching team.”

Boden began his career with Leeds and then made 188 appearances for Doncaster before finishing his time on the field with the now-defunct Jersey Reds.

The hooker then became forwards coach for Jersey before returning to Yorkshire Carnegie in 2016 as head coach.

He helped Leeds reach the play-off final in his first season at Headingley before replacing Clive Griffiths as head coach of the Knight in time for the start of the Covid-affected 2020/21 season.

During his time at the helm at Castle Park, Boden guided Doncaster to third, second and sixth-place finishes in the Championship.

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