SHEFFIELD Tigers Rugby Club have secured a new team boss who they say will deliver Championship-standard coaching to their National 2 North club.
The Dore Moor club - who are 80 years old this year - have appointed former Premiership player Ben Wade, who is an assistant coach at Rotherham Titans.
Leeds-born Wade’s appointment cements a flourishing partnership between Tigers and the Titans.
He was an outstanding playing record from several clubs within the Yorkshire region, including many appearances for Titans in the Championship.
He is now to work alongside Richard Selkirk, Tigers’ vice chair.
Tigers President, Nigel Dakin said “This is great news for the club. Ben has settled in well and we are all looking forward to working with him. The Tigers committee see this as a big step towards achieving the club aim of promotion to National One within three years.
“The appointment of Wade marks the start of closer links over the coming months between Tigers and Rotherham Titans.
“Our players will develop by receiving Championship coaching and bthe opportunity to appear for Titans in British and Irish Cup matches.”
Tigers say the pedigree of their coaching team has been inspirational - the 1st XV have achieved nine wins out of the first 10 league games.
They are fifth in the league table and nine points behind Stourbridge, whom they play on November 17.
It will be their first encounter with them at home.
Stourbridge are unbeaten this season and achieved a four try bonus point in every game. The match is seen as a major test for Tigers, who have delighted their home crowds battling out wins against quality opposition regardless of half time deficits. The game kicks off at 2pm and they are hoping for a big crowd to cheer the team on.
Locally, there is little senior league action available to union fans this weekend.
But in Yorkshire Division Five, there are two games of note.
Doncaster Amateurs, unbeaten after six games and top of the table, face Bradford side Wibsey at home.
Sheffield Oaks, who are fourth in the 10-team league, host Wensleydale.