Title-winning coach Sean Lynn is appointed to top women’s rugby post at Hartpury


Former Wales Students player Sean Lynn, who led Hartpury University’s men’s rugby team to three successive national titles, has been appointed Head of Women’s Rugby at Hartpury. 

As head coach, the ex-scrum-half steered Hartpury University’s men’s team to victories in the BUCS Super Rugby Championship final at Twickenham in 2017, 2018 and 2019 – the only years in which the final has been played to date.

The former Gloucester Rugby U21 player has now been appointed Head of Women’s Rugby at Hartpury and Head Coach of Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC – a partnership between Gloucester Rugby and Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

Sean’s appointment followed a rigorous recruitment process, with dozens of applications received from both the UK and also overseas.

The role gives him responsibility for all elements of women’s rugby at Hartpury, from the junior programme at Hartpury College to the senior programme at Hartpury University.

A former captain of the men’s team at Hartpury University, Sean will take over the post next month from Susie Appleby, who is joining Exeter Chiefs Women’s set-up.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Sean, who has previously worked with male and female players throughout his time at Hartpury.

“I’ve been involved with rugby for a long time and I’ve been involved with Hartpury for a long time in various roles.

“But this is a terrifically challenging role, and one that I can’t wait to get stuck into.

“The nature of the position, overseeing all aspects of women’s rugby, including the Gloucester-Hartpury team competing in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, is far-reaching.

“But I’m genuinely excited at the prospect. I’ll be working with a great group of people, the foundations are already in place and I hope to play my part in helping to achieve even greater success going forward.”

Sean, a respected member of the academic team at Hartpury, will continue to run its Level 3 National Extended Diploma Sport (Rugby) course.

As a player he represented Gloucester Rugby U19s and U21s, and Wales U18s and Wales Students.

As well as being a former captain of the Hartpury University team, he was a BUCS 7s national winner and BUCS national finalist as captain.

Picture: Sean Lynn

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