Coventry Rugby Locks Down Key Talents for Championship Charge

Coventry Rugby has retained three key players for the 2024/25 season, including captain Jordon Poole, promising flanker Tom Ball, and try-scoring winger Ryan Hutler. Head coach Alex Rae praised the trio’s importance to the team’s on-field performance and off-field culture as the club prepares for its 150th anniversary match against England U20s.

Coventry Rugby Retain Key Players for 2024/25 Season

Coventry Rugby head coach Alex Rae has confirmed the identities of three key players who will remain part of his squad for the upcoming 2024/25 season. After two successful years of building a strong team culture and securing consecutive top-three finishes, Cov’s management team has worked to retain the core of their playing group.

Topping the list is Jordon Poole, the team’s skipper, who has signed a new deal to stay with the club he joined in 2020. Poole has made 57 appearances for Coventry, finishing this past season as one of the Championship’s leading try-scorers with 11 touchdowns. The Yorkshire product was a constant presence during Cov’s front-row injury crisis before Christmas, often playing long minutes and leading from the front. Poole’s string of outstanding displays were crucial to Coventry’s eight-match unbeaten run in the Spring.

Homegrown flanker Tom Ball, who is just 22 years old, is also set to remain part of the Cov squad for the 2024/25 campaign. The pacy back-rower has already surpassed the 50-appearance mark for the Butts Park Arena club, with an impressive 25 of those coming during an injury-free 2023/24 season. Ball has become a key figure in Coventry’s pack, often jumping at the front of the lineout and making a significant impact around the field.

Pacy Winger Secures Future with Coventry

Ryan Hutler, who previously worked with Rae at Bedford, has also secured his future with Coventry. Hutler made an impressive start to his Cov career, scoring tries at a rate of one per game during the Autumn Premiership Rugby Cup period. Helped by a hat-trick against his former club, Hutler has registered 17 tries in 23 competitive appearances for the blue-and-whites, demonstrating his natural try-scoring abilities.

Rae expressed his delight at retaining these three key players, highlighting their importance to the team both on and off the field. He praised Poole’s leadership and growth, Ball’s potential for further development, and Hutler’s infectious enthusiasm and scoring prowess.

“We are thrilled to have secured the futures of Jordon, Tom, and Ryan. They are all integral parts of our squad and have played a vital role in our success over the past two seasons. Their commitment to the club and their continued development will be crucial as we look to build on our recent achievements.”

Coventry Rugby fans can look forward to the 150th anniversary game against England U20’s on Saturday, May 25th, with tickets available from the club’s website or at the gate on the day.

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