October 14, 2019

VIDEO: Whincup returns to Swindon St George

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Swindon St George Rugby League have brought Ben Whincup back to the club as head coach for the 2020 season.

Whincup, who amongst other successes guided the club to a Grand Final victory back in 2017, returns less than 12 months after stepping down.

Swindon St George struggled in the Southern Conference Western Division last term with Neil Loader initially replacing Whincup.

However, after Loader stepped down mid-way through the campaign, the club were forced to rally together to finish the season as best they could.

The club’s chairman Richard White admitted the 2019 season was a struggle but is delighted to now be able to welcome Whincup back to the frame.

“Towards the mid-point of last year unfortunately we lost our head coach,” said White. “It just didn’t quite work out for either side.

“We had a couple of our old players who took the helm to see out the season.

“I decided to go to an avenue that we know. A proven method. I had a quick chat with Ben and to be fair to him he didn’t take much persuading.”

Whincup says he is delighted to be back and admitted he always intended to come back some day, albeit a little sooner than he had intended

“I was out getting married and couldn’t really commit to a solid pre-season that I’d usually want to do,” said Whincup.

“Also after three years I think it is something where you want to take a bit of a time away but after a couple of months I was missing the hands on coaching.

“I was always going to come back, I think it was just a case of when. I’ve probably come back a little sooner than I thought I was going to but I was always going to come back.

“It (Southern Conference) is a really tough level, there are no easy fixtures. I think the boys really tried but if they ain’t going down training and putting in the work off of the game then they’re going to struggle at that level.

“I think we have the ability to do it. They need to learn to work as a team again, especially defensively.”

Click on the video below to watch this interview.

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