Stoke Rugby Club welcome in former Exeter and Bristol lock as coach

He won the Pro12 title and played in numerous Heineken Cup matches during his career

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Stoke Rugby Club have unveiled a former English top-flight professional as their new forwards coach as their 2021/22 season gets underway.

The Staffordshire outfit are currently second in Midlands 1 West after winning all three of their opening fixtures.

Now, they have bolstered their coaching staff as they aim to keep their fine start going.

Aly Muldowney has joined Stoke Rugby Club as a forwards coach.

The Staffordshire-born athlete featured more than 50 times for Exeter Chiefs in his career.

He also featured for Bristol Bears towards the twilight of his career between 2018 and 2020.

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Muldowney lifted the Pro12 Grand Final trophy with Connacht in 2016 after making over 80 appearances for them.

He also played for Glasgow and French side Grenoble during his playing days, featuring in the Heineken Cup on numerous occasions over the years.

The 38-year-old had arrived at boyhood club Stafford as player-coach in May 2020 ahead of the scheduled 2020/21 campaign, which was eventually cancelled.

Now, he has made a cross-county switch and will use his expertise at Division 1 level.


Muldowney ‘delighted’ to join Stoke

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Upon arriving at the club, Muldowney told the club’s media team: “I am delighted to be appointed as the new forwards coach at Stoke Rugby Club.

Chris (Rowley), the Head Coach, has been a close friend since our time at Stourbridge together.

“He has always spoken highly of the club and their role in the local community. I am looking forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to the group.”

Club President Ian Sant added: “I was over the moon when I heard the news and believe Aly will strengthen an already successful coaching team.

“We can’t wait to welcome his family who will love the atmosphere and make new friends.”

Stoke travel to Worcester in their next league match on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off.

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