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Plymouth Albion appoints new Chairman

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields home Credit: ITV News

Local business owner Ali Hannaford has joined the newly formed board at Plymouth Albion and has been appointed as the new Chairman of the club.

It makes her the first woman to be appointed in the club's 140 year history.

The 55 year old is Chairman of Newton Abbot food manufacturing company Paramount 21 and has run her own business for 28 years.

It’s a real honour to be asked to become Chairman of Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club. I’m very excited to be joining the board who have a great vision for the future development of the club.

The journey is going to be fun and everyone involved in the new organisation wants Plymouth Albion to become one of the top clubs in the country

– Ali Hannaford, Chairman

New owner Bruce Priday added that her huge experience chairing a number of organisations will be invaluable.

Kieran Hallett returns to Plymouth Albion

Kieran Hallett during his playing days at Plymouth Albion Credit: PA

31-year-old Kieran Hallett has signed for Plymouth Albion and will have a dual role as a player as well as being the backs coach for the team.

The fly half, who for the last four seasons has been playing for the Cornish Pirates, will be working alongside former prop Dan Parkes who is Albion’s new head coach.

Hallett played for Plymouth Albion from 2008 to 2011.

I’m really pleased to be coming back to Albion and the move gives me the opportunity to continue playing a high standard of rugby as well as kick starting my coaching career.

– Kieran Hallett

Hallett will combine his player coach role at Brickfields with working for the Exeter Chiefs Academy in Cornwall.

Plymouth Albion confirm signings for new season

John Dawe with Albion official Nigel Sparrow Credit: Paddy Marsh

Plymouth Albion have added two more members of last season's squad to the new group of players being assembled ahead of the 2016-17 National 1 campaign.

28 year old Seta Raumakita, who has represented the Royal Navy and Combined Services, is primarily a winger but can also play in the back row. Fijian born Raumakita made 12 appearances for Albion last season.

22 year old winger Jon Dawe (no relation to former head coach Graham Dawe) joined Albion from the Cornish All Black last summer. Dawe has representative honours with Cornwall and he was a member of the squad that retained the County Championship at Twickenham last weekend.

Dawe was restricted to just five appearances for Albion last season after picking up a knee injury in pre season.


Scrum half signs new contract with Plymouth Albion

Top scorer Matt Shepherd has become the fourth player from last season's squad to re-sign at Plymouth Albion.

Shepherd, who joined Albion last summer from the Cornish All Blacks, played in all 30 leagues games last season and finished with 188 points, a haul that included 13 tries.

The 26-year-old, who stands 5’ 9", took up the roles of scrum half, wing and full back.

Matt Shepherd with Albion official Nigel Sparrow Credit: Plymouth Albion

I’m pleased to sign a new contract and excited about pulling on an Albion shirt again.

A few of us from last season have signed new contracts and I hope we can keep the bulk of the squad together.

With the addition of some new faces we will have the ability to push on from last season. I know some of the other teams have recruited well but my aim is to get Albion promoted back to the Championship.

– Matt Shepherd

Shepherd is also a crucial member of the Cornwall team and on Sunday will be running out at Twickenham against Cheshire in the final of the County Championship.

Plymouth Albion's new owners get RFU approval

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields home Credit: ITV News

The takeover of Plymouth Albion RFC by former players Bruce Priday and Dave Venables has been formally ratified by the RFU.

The RFU confirmed that Plymouth Albion would be playing National 1 rugby in the 2016-17 season.

There were fears that Plymouth Albion could be demoted down the league structure, like Richmond RFC some years ago.

Priday and Venables have had to put up a cash ‘Bond Deposit’ of £147,000, which will be held by the RFU.

While we are really pleased that Plymouth Albion will be playing National 1 rugby next season, we feel the size of the ‘Bond Deposit’ to be excessively large.

We presented a well prepared case which highlighted the strong working relationship we have with Plymouth City Council and the desire of both parties to build a Premiership standard club in the City.

– Bruce Priday
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