Dan Parkes: Plymouth Albion name former player as new head coach

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Dan Parkes
Dan Parkes has won 24 caps for the Navy and has also played for England Counties and the Barbarians

Plymouth Albion have appointed Dan Parkes as their new head coach.

The 42-year-old has spent the past seven years as head coach of National Three South West side Brixham.

Parkes replaces Graham Dawe, who was sacked in April after the club was taken over by new owners.

The National One club has also appointed ex-Wigan rugby league hooker Martin Hall as director of rugby, although Parkes will be responsible for team affairs and selection.

Martin Hall and Dan Parkes
Martin Hall (left) will be responsible for off-field matters, while Parkes will take charge of team affairs

"It's a position I've been looking at for years to be honest," Parkes told BBC South West. "It's always the pinnacle job to have if you're from Plymouth.

"I've had seven years at Brixham and that's gone on for long enough, so it's the perfect timing for me. I've taken it with both hands and I'm really excited to have a go at it."

Former prop Parkes played for Albion in two spells, once for a short period in the 1990's and then between 2000 and 2005.

He also spent time at Exeter Chiefs and Cornish Pirates, as well as playing one game for Bath in 2006.

"The new owners have come in with a fresh broom and we've got a budget that we've got to stick to," added Parkes.

"It's a budget that we're going to stick to religiously and try to move the club in the right direction.

"The aim is still to go back to the Championship and see how we get along. That's a work in progress and let's hope we do it."