Jonker arrives with one aim... earning promotion

Sean Hughes (left) and Willem Jonker.
Sean Hughes (left) and Willem Jonker.

WILLEM Jonker has told Boston Rugby Club that he will settle for nothing less than promotion.

The South African player-coach has only been with the Blue and Whites for a month, but he believes the Boardsides club has the right mix to force their way out of Midlands 5.

“The challenge for me is to get back-to-back promotions,” the scrum half said.

“Promotion is a must for me this year.

“I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but as a coach I get the best out of people, especially promotion.”

Jonker achieved consecutive promotions as boss of Peterborough and expects to achieve the same at his new club.

Believing the only way is up, he added: “I got Peterborough promoted five times in seven years.

“Hopefully I can do something similar here.

“I see myself here for a long time. I don’t see why we shouldn’t think about getting into the national leagues in five or six years.”

Jonker played professionally in his homeland before he moved to England and represented Rugby Lions in Division Two.

He then made the switch to Peterborough, who he guided to Midlands One level.

Jonker will be joined on the pitch by number eight Sean Hughes, a Saracens youth product who has also represented Hertfordshire at under 21s level, as well as a spell with Bedfordshire Academy.

Hughes has become Boston’s schools’ coach and will work with the club’s mini and junior sections, as well as coaching in schools. But these two new recruits apart, Jonker believes he has all the talent he needs at the club already.

“We have local talent, players I believe are good enough to get this club promoted two levels.

“I won’t need to look around to bring players in. It’s important to have players representing their local club, instilling home-town pride.”