Willem Jonker is named new Boston RFC coach

Willem Jonker.
Willem Jonker.

BOSTON Rugby Club have appointed South African Willem Jonker as their new player-coach in the build-up to the new season.

And the club have snapped up a coach with promotion pedigree.

Jonker has played and coached professionally in his native South Africa for more than 10 years.

After arriving in England, Jonker turned out for Rugby Lions at Division Two level.

The scrum half then took over as player-coach at Peterborough, where he guided the side to three promotions in as many years, finishing at Midlands One level.

Jonker will not be the first overseas coach to take charge of the Blue and Whites, after New Zealander Ray Hayward spent two years with the club.

Boston have also added a schools’ coach to their staff.

Sean Hughes - who came up through the Saracens’ mini, junior and colts sides, will also play for the club this season.

He has a degree in sports and exercise science from Northumbria University and will work primarily in local schools, teaching youngsters the sport and encouraging them to join one of the Boardsides club’s youth teams.

Hughes has also represented Hertfordshire at county level up to under 20s.

Boston’s season begins on September 17 as they host Ollerton (KO 3pm).

2011-12 fixtures:

September 17 - Boston v Ollerton 3pm,

October 1 - Castle Donington v Boston 3pm,

October 8 - Boston v University of Derby 3pm,

October 29 - Boston v Keyworth 3pm,

November 12 - Creswell Crusaders v Boston 2.15pm,

December 3 - Boston v Meden Vale 2.15pm,

December 17 - Rolls Royce v Boston 2.15pm,

January 14 - Boston v Castle Donington 2.15pm,

January 28 - University of Derby v Boston 2.15pm,

February 18 - Keyworth v Boston 2.15pm,

March 3 - Boston v Creswell Crusaders 3pm,

March 24 - Meden Vale v Boston 3pm,

April 14 - Boston v Rolls Royce 3pm,

April 21 - Ollerton v Boston 3pm.