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Drewett and Greening take charge at Plymouth

01 December 2011

  • Graham Dawe departs after 12 years with Albion
  • Former Exeter "chief" Peter Drewett takes charge
Phil Greening joins Plymouth as a coaching consultant

Photo: RFU Archive

Last week Plymouth Albion announced the departure of Graham Dawe from the club following 12 years in the coaching team.

The former England hooker, who won 5 caps for his country, steered Albion from SSE National 3 South to the RFU Championship, where the team finished 8 and 9, respectively, in the first two years of the competition.

Taking over the reigns from Dawe is former England Students Team Manager Peter Drewett, 52, as the club push for a fresh start and a new approach, aimed at getting Albion back on the road to success in the RFU Championship.

Following five league defeats on the bounce – and nine overall – the Devonshire men currently sit tenth in the league table, four points clear of Moseley.

"My role here is to improve players individually, improve as a unit and improve as a team and it's about being well organised both on and off the field," Drewett told BBC Spotlight.

"I'll be working hard to achieve that. There are no shortcuts. When you're an ambitious club you have to win and you're expected to win.

"That means the pressure is on, as it should be, to perform at the highest level."

Drewett brings a wealth of both playing and coaching experience to the job including having been Director of Rugby and Head Coach at Aviva Premiership newcomers Exeter Chiefs between 2006 and 2009.

They can get a lot fitter – Greening

The club also announced that they have employed the services of former London Welsh head coach Phil Greening, who joins as a coaching consultant.

Following his departure from the Exiles at the end of last season, Greening has been touring the world researching coaching methods.

Greening told BBC Southwest that the players' conditioning work needs to improve if they are to climb the Championship table.

"You have a good set of players here but I don't think they're hitting their potential yet. A lot of that will be down to the stuff that Pete's going to put in place.

"Conditioning is a massive part of it. I think they can get a lot fitter which could give them a better chance in a game."

An official spoke person for the club also said: "On behalf of the board and club, we would like to express our thanks to Graham for his significant contribution over the past 12 years. There have been many highlights and moments to savour, from the rescue from the brink of falling out of the National League to the heroics of almost reaching the promised land of the Premiership and many other successes.

"Graham leaves us with many positive memories and the club will always be indebted to him for his achievements."