Yorkshire Carnegie have further strengthened their Academy coaching staff, with the appointment of Stuart Dixon as Academy Coach Development Officer.

Stuart brings a wealth of player development, player identification and coach education experience with him from the RFU.   Prior to joining the coaching staff, He has worked with the Academy very closely over the last number of years, particularly on the ERDPP pathways which were previously Schools of Rugby.

He has played professionally, most notably with Rotherham Rugby and Wakefield as well as being involved with Bradford & Bingley over a number of years, most recently as Head Coach. Alongside his RFU Player Development role, Stuart has been actively involved with Yorkshire Carnegie and the County to help build and maintain strong, player centred pathways from U13-18.

Commenting on joining the coaching staff Stuart said: “I am very excited to join the growing team here at Carnegie. This new role will help underpin all the hard work that Jon and Ben have put in over recent months into maintaining the Academy’s position as one of the best run environments nationally, and alongside Scott Barrow I hope to ensure that the production line of talented Yorkshire based players continues to grow and thrive, through a strong and supportive coach development programme.”

Speaking about the appointment Academy Manager, Jon Pendlebury said: “Myself and Ben Lazenby and delighted to welcome Stuart to our coaching team.  Stuart already has established relationships in County rugby, the North and the across the country and we feel that he will really be able to push and challenge progress in coach education and development throughout Yorkshire.”