Uckfield Rugby Club appoints new head coach

Uckfield Rugby Club has appointed a new head coach. He is Mase Leuluniu who takes over from James Robinson.

The club is delighted Mase is joining them saying he comes with a superb pedigree in playing and coaching experiences in New Zealand and the UK.


Mase Leuluniu who is joining Uckfield Rugby Club as head coach.

He was a professional player for the Wellington Lions NPC, played for the New Zealand Samoan Rugby Team and has many qualifications in training and fitness.

He has also gained experience of the English leagues in the South East at Tonbridge Juddians RFC and Tunbridge Wells RFC.

Mase, who will begin his new role at Uckfield at the end of June, has developed a rugby specific brand of training for youth and senior rugby players in his day-today work and which enhances the players fitness levels.

Director of Rugby at the club Robbie Cannon said: “The club conducted an exhaustive search to find who we feel is the right person to take the teams’ forward and this brought up the names of a number of potentially very good coaches.

“But after careful consideration and deliberations it was the experience and personality of Mase that came over very strongly and convinced us of what it takes to win competitive games.”

Uckfield RFC club chairman Gordon Buckland said: “We are delighted that Mase has accepted the role and we are eager to see what he can achieve with the talented players coming through into the seniors and the current senior players who had a successful season last year, just missing out on promotion.”

Leuluniu said: “We are looking to consolidate the good work already started at the club into Sussex Division 1 this coming season, I look forward to working with the team, coaching support and management.

“We are also looking take on new players and if anyone wants to come down and test themselves pre-season then contact the club via the facebook site or at the club on Tuesdays and Thursday at 7.30pm.”

• Contact details for Uckfield Rugby Club can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Rugby or Sport.

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