- Perry and Thomas back with North Midlands
- Scard welcomes Perry’s return
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Former England scrum half Shaun Perry has joined the North Midlands coaching team for this season's County Championship campaign in the Bill Beaumont Cup Second Division.
Perry, who was capped 14 times by England between 2006 and 2007, is now playing for Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership but is keen to develop his coaching skills.
He played for North Midlands and England Counties during his early club career with Dudley Kingswinford and Coventry and has retained close links with the county, recently running a successful session at the Birmingham Coaching Conference.
Perry has now agreed to help North Midlands head coach Scott Bemand, another scrum half who toured Australia with England in 2006.
Bemand will join forwards coach Dan Protherough and the county coaching team has also been strengthened with the addition of Moseley utility back Ollie Thomas, who has been a North Midlands regular for several seasons.
“We were absolutely delighted to hear that Shaun and Ollie would both like to be involved helping the county set-up,” said Dai Scard, North Midlands chairman of playing.
“Both have very good track records with North Midlands, Shaun in particular. He was part of a very good North Midlands squad and we have followed his career with interest and no little pride knowing that we were part of it.
“When we heard that he was taking his coaching qualification and interested in contributing to North Midlands we were delighted, even more so when he agreed to join us.
“Ollie has been a tremendous supporter of the county over the years and he was also very keen to be involved.
“He has already played a big part in putting names forward for this season’s county squad. We have are trying to have key North Midlanders in each of our senior clubs and Ollie is doing a splendid job at Moseley.
“Hopefully, their input will be successful and we will march on.”
North Midlands begin their County Championship campaign against Devon at Stourbridge on May 4 and then travel to Bridgwater & Albion on May 18 to face Somerset.