Plans are already in place for Yamba Buccaneers to have a successful 2014 FNC Rugby season.
Plans are already in place for Yamba Buccaneers to have a successful 2014 FNC Rugby season. Debrah Novak

Buccaneers name new coach

THE Yamba Buccaneers have assembled their new executive and coaching panel for the 2014 Far North Coast Rugby Union season.

Grant Sullivan was named as coach after the club's AGM.

Sullivan was assistant coach in 2013. His commitment motivated the decision to appoint him to the lead role, president Bob Thompson said.

"This year presented a new challenge in second grade and was a mixed year for the club," Thompson said.

"We virtually spent the first few months not knowing where we would be playing, which didn't help recruiting and training. Grant worked hard in difficult circumstances and impressed us."

Sullivan brings a wealth of experience from Bond University and Pirates Rugby Clubs on the Gold Coast. Sullivan and his crew are aiming to hit the ground running in contrast to the disruptive pre-season that plagued the club in 2013, which included the zone attempting to force Yamba to play first grade.

"We're planning to do some early fitness and have a bit of a run and swim before Christmas," Sullivan said.

"Then get into more solid training in January. Coming up from President's Cup, we didn't realise the speed and stamina of some of our opponents. We just need to put the head down and do the work and we'll be laughing."

The Buccaneers will hold their Christmas party at Yamba Oval, 11am, Sunday, December 15.



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