New-look Nomads relish campaign ahead

Southsea Nomads chairman Martin Drum, centre. Picture: Sarah Standing (120777-3721)
Southsea Nomads chairman Martin Drum, centre. Picture: Sarah Standing (120777-3721)

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Southsea Nomads are relishing a fresh approach to the new season.

The club have appointed head coach Rich Rigby ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

And the Hampshire League division two outfit have also linked up with the University of Portsmouth to boost their facilities.

It has all sparked an air of excitement at the club prior to the league opener at Ventnor on Saturday, September 14.

Chairman Martin Drum, 50, can’t wait to get started.

And he is predicting a good season for the Nomads.

‘We’ve managed to attract a lot of new players which is down to Rich,’ said the 50-year-old.

‘Every now and again you need to keep things fresh and try new training methods.

‘That is something he has definitely brought to us.

‘And along with the university helping with new facilities and a new pitch, things are starting to take shape.

‘We’ve always been a good social rugby club but we also want to be a club that wins matches.

‘Ultimately I’d like to see us get promoted.

‘If we can have a good steady season with some consistency I’d be happy.’

The Nomads are always on the lookout for new players.

They run two sides in the Hampshire League – with the second string competing in merit three.

Drum recognises the importance of competition for places.

And his ambition is to have second-team players driving the premier side to a higher level.

He said: ‘We are always on the lookout for new players.

‘Whether they have experience or have never picked up a rugby ball in their life, we welcome everyone.

‘We train as one team so it would be nice to see the players in the first team kept on their toes and people pushing for positions.

‘If we have a good competitive season, I would be happy if we have a top-three finish.’