Tony Muller will mastermind the Mudgee Wombats’ Blowes Clothing Cup first grade campaign as their new coach and he said the right atmosphere would be key to success in 2017.
“My plan is to change the culture in the club, getting people wanting to play Rugby because they enjoy it and showing up for training because they want to,” he said.
“We want people to come back to play Rugby because it’s fun.
“If we can change the culture of the club I think we can make the semis, there’s enough good players in Mudgee to be successful.”
On field Muller said he’d like to see “controlled aggression, becoming better skilled, and being fit – coming from a fitness background” which again stems from the right atmosphere.
“If we get all of those things right, with the right culture and enjoying the style of Rugby I want them to play, that will hopefully breed success and we’ll be competitive,” he said.
“I can’t do that because I’m here as a coach, I need the support of the players turning up to training.”
Muller came on board mid-2016 as an assistant.
“We’ve got a few new faces this year, I wasn’t around too much last year but some I remember and a couple of newbies,” he said.
“We’ve lost a couple because of people moving away and stuff like that, but at the moment it looks alright.
“We could do with more numbers, the more the better and I don’t mind what level they are because if you get someone here whose keen you can coach them up and teach them.”
Former firsts coach, Neil McDonald, has been announced in the position of junior coach development.
The Wombats’ 2017 season kicks off on the road against the Parkes Boars, on Saturday, April 1.
Their first game at Jubilee Oval, also known as “The Burrow”, will be in Round Two (April 8) when they play host to the Bathurst Bulldogs.
With the Narromine Gorillas dropping back to the GrainCorp Cup in 2017, the Blowes Cup have an even 10 teams and lose the bye.
General byes will take place on April 29 for the NSWCRU Championships and June 10 for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Mudgee Wombats senior coaches for 2017
Coach – Tony Muller.
Assistant coaches – Luke Morris and Chris Densley.
Coach – Dave Goldring.
Assistant coach – Tom Purcell.
Coach – Jeremy Cox.
Coach – Tony Moylan.
Assistant coach / manager – Keith Fraser.
Coach – Brett Paulson.
Manager – Rae Tate.