Sep 07, 2016
Saracens Women strengthen coaching team ahead of 2016/17 season
Saracens Women are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Harris as forwards coach and Lewis Sones as 2nd XV head coach for the upcoming 2016/17 season.
Neil Harris joins from Bedford Blues where he held the position of U19 Academy coach. A Level 3 coach, Harris is also Head of Rugby at St George’s School in Harpenden.
Sones is no stranger to Saracens as current Rugby Development & Coach Education Manager for the club and was also involved in a management capacity with the women’s squad last season.
Commenting on his move, Harris said “It's a real privilege to join the Saracens Women team. It's a great set and I'm delighted to be involved. In particular I'm looking forward to working with the coaching team and will be giving everything to help the development of our players. These are certainly exciting times within women's rugby.”
Sones added “It’s a privilege to join the Saracens Women’s coaching team for the 2016/17 season. Having already experienced the environment and set up last year in a team management role it’s given me a great platform to continue to help develop a fantastic team with a lot of young and exciting players coming through. On a personal level I’m excited at the challenge to help drive the team to further success working alongside some great coaches, while being able to gain some invaluable experience along the way. It is a hugely exciting time to be involved in the women’s game and I’m looking forward to helping the club keep up the standards of being one of the best women’s teams in the country.”
Harris and Sones have been involved with pre-season over the summer months and will be supporting head coach Rob Cain.
“We are delighted to welcome Neil and Lewis into the Saracens family” said Laura Eddie, Chair of Saracens Women. “They bring with them a wealth of experience and share our ambitions and vision we have for the club. They have transitioned seamlessly into the coaching set up and really hit the ground running during pre-season which has been fantastic to watch”.
Eddie also extended sincere thanks on behalf of the club to outgoing coach Steve Savory for his outstanding contribution during his tenure.