Former Super League Star and Kenyan Rugby Union international Lucas Onyango had been confirmed as Strength and Conditioning coach for Mancunians for the 2015 season.
Onyango, who has recently completed a Masters Degree in Exercise and Sports Science with Manchester Metropolitan University and has experience on the coaching staff at Salford Red Devils and Oldham Roughyeds, will oversee pre-season strength and conditioning sessions for the Mancunians mens team in their preparation for the 2015 season which is due to begin in March.
His recruitment underlines the approach that Mancunians are taking in 2015. Seen as being ‘Manchester’s Club’, Mancunians are keen to recruit high quality people to the club to continue their rapid curve of development.
Onyango has a wealth of experience which Mancunians will be able to offer players and co-owners. Originally from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. He travelled to Manchester to play Rugby Union 7’s in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. From there he Joined Widnes Vikings via Manchester Rugby Club and enjoyed a lengthy career with Oldham Roughyeds, where he made more than 100 appearances, scoring over 70 tries in five years until he suffered Achilles and Knee Injuries which have sidelined him for the last couple of years.
Club Director, Stefan Hopewell, welcomed Lucas to the club and said: “Having Lucas on board will not only mean that the team will be ready for the 2015 season, but it will mean that they will have some fun too. Lucas has a reputation for mixing his sense of humour with the serious business of preparing a team for a competitive season which fits in perfectly with our philosophy of not being a serious club, but being serious about what we do”.
Lucas Onyango said: “Stef first approached me to be involved last year, but I was recovering from knee surgery at the time so I had to say no. Having lived in Manchester for the past eight years without Rugby League I felt I had to help out in getting rugby league going in Manchester, especially considering the amount of untapped potential in the city. Helping tap this talent is something that I am looking to immensely. ”
“I am looking forward to getting the players training at a high intensity. Rugby is a very disciplined sport that can change lives and I am testament to that, so helping athletes reach their fitness goals is something that I am looking forward to. He said.
“If you are interested in Rugby of either code get down to Mancunians and experience Rugby League, you may be the next star. As long as you work hard, anything is possible.” Said Lucas.
Mancunians’ mens pre-season begins on Monday January 12th at the Platt Lane Complex, Rusholme. New players are welcome to join and can sign up at http://eepurl.com/bavtWf
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