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New Bury head coach Curry excited about a ‘major step’ in his career

PUBLISHED: 15:57 08 March 2018

Action from the ninth Greene King IPA International Rugby Sevens Tournament at the Haberden in Bury St Edmunds last season, with the Bury Barbarians taking on the Bulldogs. The 10th annual tournament will take place on Sunday, May 6. Pictire: ANDY ABBOTT

Action from the ninth Greene King IPA International Rugby Sevens Tournament at the Haberden in Bury St Edmunds last season, with the Bury Barbarians taking on the Bulldogs. The 10th annual tournament will take place on Sunday, May 6. Pictire: ANDY ABBOTT

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Bury St Edmunds’ new head coach, Jon Curry, admits that his move to The Haberden is “a major step” in his coaching career, ahead of his first game in charge at home to Henley Hawks this Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Jon Curry, Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club's new head coachJon Curry, Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club's new head coach

Curry oversaw his first official training session at the Club on Tuesday evening, although the former Northampton Saints Academy coach was already familiar with most of the squad.

“I’ve been associated with Bury for the last 10 years,” explained Curry.

“For that reason I know the Club quite well, and I know all the community guys. I know the Club ethos, and I’m excited about the challenge ahead.”

Former Bury head coach, Ollie Smith, left his post at the start of this month following his arrival last summer.

Smith had guided Bury to sixth spot in the National League Two South table, the four tier of English rugby, a very satisfactory position with seven fixtures still remaining.

However, Smith was unable to see out the season, due to a combination of family commitments (his daughter was born just six weeks ago) and also overseas business interests.

“This is a major step for me,” continued Curry.

“It’s a very intense job, a very involved job, and at times can be a very complicated job.

“Terry Sands (Performance Director) contacted me and we have since had several chats, before we came to a nice little agreement.

“I obviously had to talk it over with my ‘better half,’ and we’ve come to this decision.

“At the moment I am still based at Northampton, but we will be looking to relocate,” added Curry.

Meanwhile, Bury St Edmunds RFC will again by staging their Greene King IPA 7s at the end of this season (Sunday, May 6). This will be the 10th year of this successful sevens tournament, one of the most prestigious of its kind in the country.

Attracting elite teams from across the world, it is being seen as a practice tournament for many top players ahead of the World Cup in San Francisco later this summer.

The event will once again be part of the Super Sevens Series Tournaments, four national tournaments which run throughout the summer in the UK.

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