RUGBY UNION: Williams drafts two-year Chinnor promotion plan

Chinnor’s 2014-15 squad

Chinnor’s 2014-15 squad

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

NATIONAL 2 SOUTH

CHINNOR director of rugby Matt Williams has set out a two-year promotion plan as his much-changed squad prepare for the new season.

Williams’s men host Dings Crusaders in their opener on Saturday, having brought in 16 new players and seen 11 depart.

Many expect Chinnor, whose signings include former London Welsh No 8 Alfie To’oala and ex-Italian international prop Tino Paoletti, to challenge at the top.

Williams said: “I have spoken to the board about a two-year plan plan for promotion and I see no reason why we can’t be pushing near the top this season.

“A top six-finish would be a fantastic turnaround after last year when we just avoided relegation.”

Paoletti will assist Williams as scrum coach, while former Cornish Pirates centre Junior Fatialofa is in charge of the backs.

Utility back Martin Nutt, who has joined from Henley, will captain the side, who Williams says are raring to go.

“Pre-season has gone very well and last year’s retained squad have massively embraced my philosophies as well as the new players.

“The atmosphere around the club is great and I’m excited for the season ahead.”

IN: A To’oala (No 8, Rotherham Titans), T Paoletti (prop, scrum coach, Lyons Rugby Piacenza), S Carloni (prop, Amatori Alghero), D McKee (lock, Hartpury College), J Kroman (lock, Parramatta Two Blues), D Oliver (lock, RAF), B Manning (flanker, Henley Hawks), R Long (flanker, Henley Hawks), J Fatialofa (centre, backs coach, Cornish Pirates), R Boughton (scrum half, Gloucester), E Keohane (fly half, London Irish Wild Geese), N Napier (centre, Zingari Richmond RFC, Dunedin, NZ), M Nutt (utility back, Henley Hawks), R Haile (wing, Hartpury College), J Robinson (wing, Henley Hawks), J Olley (full back, Northampton Saints Academy).

OUT: A Smith (player coach, lock, retired), M Goode (player coach, centre, Cambridge), Tom Whelan (prop, Grove), M Kruzyki (lock, Redingensians), T Mowbray (lock, Tring), L Gilbert (No 8, Salisbury), H Betts (flanker, Lough-borough Students), O Hirskyj-Douglas (flanker, Wasps Academy), L Hall (scrum-half, Northampton Saints Academy), W Millet (fly half, Loughborough Students), D Barnes (centre, Henley Hawks).

LAST SEASON: 11th.

PREDICTION: Top three.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest Sport news

MOTORSPORT: Bradley Smith is eighth home in Spanish test

Oxford Mail: Bradley Smith starred in practice

3:12pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith came home eighth in today's Spanish MotoGP in Jerez.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win at Newport County

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

12:09pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

WATCH Kemar Roofe's wonder goal as Oxford United finished the season with a 1-0 win at Newport County.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Newport?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:54pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

Newport County 0, Oxford Utd 1 (Roofe 30)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:02pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

A STUNNING strike from Kemar Roofe ensured Oxford United finished the season on a high with a hard-fought win at ten-man Newport County.

Updates - Newport County v Oxford Utd

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:57pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

All the latest news from Oxford United's final game of the season, at Newport County.

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald wants to help side finish season on a high

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Alex MacDonald hopes Oxford United can pick up where they left off last week to finish the season in style at Newport County today.

Oxford United duo Andy Whing and Chey Dunkley set to team up again

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Chey Dunkley and Andy Whing are set to continue their experimental defensive partnership for Oxford United today.

RUGBY UNION: St Michael's Primary School, Steventon, are champs

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

St Michael’s Primary School (Steventon) took the honours in a TAG rugby schools’ competition hosted by Grove RFC.

CRICKET: Oxfordshire take a drubbing in opener

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Oxfordshire suffered a disastrous collapse as they made an inauspicious start to the Seevant 60+ County Championship with a 106-run defeat by Gloucestershire at the picturesque Stowell Park ground.

WOMEN'S CRICKET: Ellie Bath makes a splash as Oxford open in style

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Skipper Ellie Bath hit an unbeaten 77 as Oxford chased down 170 to start their season with a three-wicket win over Clifton Village 2nd in Women’s Midlands League Division 1 at Thame Town.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree