Nottingham Rugby is pleased to announce the additions of
two new members of staff to their backroom team.
The club has welcomed strength and conditioning coach Andy Smith
who brings a wealth of experience with him to the role.
Smith has held the same position with the Scottish national
side, Glasgow Warriors and Newcastle Falcons. He has been
involved in the Six Nations and was part of the backroom team in
2008 when Scotland last clinched the Calcutta Cup with victory over
England at Murrayfield.
His experience has also seen him work with leading athletes in
cycling, triathlon, tennis, kayaking, swimming and table
tennis. He studied at Nottingham Trent University and played
rugby union and rugby league during his time there. He has
also played for Ilkeston RFC and the Nottingham Outlaws.
On his appointment, Smith commented, "I'm really looking forward
to the start of pre-season and getting the Nottingham squad in
shape for what is going to be a big season in the
Championship. There are some tough teams in this league so we
need to be physically prepared to meet the challenge head on.
"If we work hard, then the results will come. The only
place where success comes before work is in the dictionary!
"Martin Haag played a big role in selling the opportunity to
me. He's very switched on as a head coach and has embraced
modern methods of training. He has a clear vision of how he
wants the team to play and his ambition of getting Nottingham back
to the top end of the league was clear to see. Ultimately, it
was an easy decision to come."
Smith joins the club as long time strength and conditioning
coach, Jo Brun, leaves the club for a new opportunity with Narbonne
in his native France.
Commenting on both, Martin Haag said, "Firstly, I'd just like to
wish Jo Brun the very best in his new role at Narbonne. He
has been a tremendous servant to Nottingham Rugby and has
revolutionised the way the club approaches strength and
conditioning. We are sad to see him go but recognise what a
great opportunity this is for him.
"In Andy Smith, we have secured someone of excellent calibre
whose CV speaks for itself. He is highly motivated by the
challenge ahead and will bring fresh ideas to the table as we look
to get the squad in the best possible condition for the season
ahead. I'm delighted to welcome him to Nottingham Rugby."
The club has also secured the services of Tracey Russell as the
club's new Head Physiotherapist. She joins having spent last
season with the Cornish Pirates. She has previously worked
with Doncaster Knights and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
She said, "I've been living in Nottingham for five years but
have always worked farther afield. When the opportunity to work
with Nottingham Rugby came up I jumped at the chance. Rugby is in
my blood as grew up in Northamptonshire and spent my Saturdays
watching Northampton Saints.
"I'm really excited to be working with Martin and the coaching
team this season and hope to bring some fresh ideas to the medical
department which will help contribute to a successful season for
"Away from rugby, I'd normally spend plenty of time on the golf
course in the summer but I have a five month old daughter so I
think I'll be kept pretty busy this summer between looking after
her and making sure the boys are ready for the season ahead!"
Russell comes in following the departure of Matt Taylor, another
long serving member of the club's backroom team.
Haag commented, "Tracey joins the club with a wealth of
experience across elite sport and we're thrilled that she has
chosen to join Nottingham Rugby. The Championship is a tough
league which sees its fair share of wear and tear on the players so
having a top class medical department is crucial if you want to be
successful. Tracey has already shown great enthusiasm for the
role and will be looking to implement processes to enable the squad
"Again, I would like to thank Matt Taylor and Response Physio
for their dedication and commitment during their time involved with
Nottingham Rugby. They were a great asset to the club and we
wish them all the best for the future."