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Rugby Ontario is proud to announce that Paul Loader, Kurt Magney and Gareth Williams have been appointed to the coaching staff of the Ontario senior women’s provincial rugby team.

With 12 years of coaching experience under his belt, Loader joins the Ontario Storm with a strong body of work cultivated at both the provincial and club level. On top of coaching for more than 10 years with the Aurora Barbarians and the Toronto Saracens, Loader has served as a coach with the Ontario U19 men’s provincial team for three seasons.

Magney’s arrival to the Storm comes with 18 years’ worth of coaching experience, including stints with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s team, Toronto Dragons RFC, and Yeomen Lions RFC.

Currently the head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s team, Gareth Williams will be a familiar name for those within the Storm community: he will be reprising his role as an Ontario assistant coach in 2014, having already served in this position for the past two seasons.

These three men will join an Ontario Storm coaching staff led by former Canadian national senior women’s team head coach Kevin Jones, who was appointed head coach of the Storm in January.

Jones, who guided the Canadian women to a best-ever fourth-place finish at the 1998 Women’s Rugby World Cup, is eager to work with his newly-appointed coaching staff.

“The goal for 2014 is to get back to the top of the podium at the Nation Women’s League Championship, and these three coaches and their 35+ combined years of coaching experience will help us get there,” said Jones.  

“On top of bringing a wealth of experience, Paul, Kurt, and Gareth all bring their own individual coaching strengths to the table,” he added. “It’s the little details that will help our girls reach the next level on the pitch, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Rounding out the Ontario Storm staff is John Pryce, who has been appointed team manager. Pryce is currently the head coach of Cobourg Saxons RFC’s U18 women’s team, and is quite familiar with Ontario’s provincial rugby structure, having served as a volunteer within the Junior Storm program between 2010 and 2012.

Ontario will host the 2014 NWL Championships, which will be held at Ottawa’s Twin Elm Rugby Park, Eastern Ontario’s premier rugby facility, between July 29 and Aug. 3, 2014.

Rugby Ontario will be working directly with the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union to work out all of the logistics surrounding the 2014 NWL Championship, and to deliver these games.

Ontario Storm’s Results at Previous NWL Championships:

2013 – 2nd Place

2012 – 1st Place
2011 – 2nd Place

2010 – 2nd Place
2009 – 1st Place

2008 – 2nd Place
2007 – 2nd Place

About Rugby Ontario:

Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to promote, govern, and develop rugby at all levels in a safe, affordable and enjoyable environment within the province of Ontario.

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About the National Women’s League (NWL) Rugby Championships:

The NWL tournament features women’s provincial teams from across Canada competing in a round-robin style event, and will be held at Ottawa’s Twin Elm Rugby Park in the summer of 2014.

The 2013 edition of the NWL Championship was the largest yet, having featured three divisions – Premier, Senior, and U20 – with Quebec, Atlantic Provinces, and Ontario U20s winning their respective divisions.

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For more information, please contact:

Brock Smith
Communications Coordinator
Rugby Ontario
Office: 416 426-7049 


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