Glen Townson retires from rugby to take on Forwards Coach role at Ealing Trailfinders
Ealing Trailfinders can today reveal that Glen Townson has been appointed as Forwards Coach for the 2018/19 season, as the former Club Captain announces his retirement from rugby.
The 31-year-old joined the West Londoners in the 2016/17 season from Bristol and enjoyed an impressive rugby career which lasted over a decade.
His career began with Sale Sharks Academy whilst studying at Manchester University, and from there he spent a season with Doncaster Knights before signing for Newcastle Falcons.
The former England Under 18s captain then joined Bristol where he spent the majority of his time, making over 100 appearances for the West Country side.
Townson signed for Ealing Trailfinders in 2016 and was quickly appointed Club Captain with his leadership clear for all to see. However a knee injury kept him on the sidelines for the majority of the 17/18 campaign and he began to make the transition towards coaching.
He will now hang up his boots and swap them for the Forwards Coach role at Trailfinders Sports Club in an exciting opportunity for the former second-rower.
Director of Rugby Ben Ward is delighted that Townson will be a part of the coaching team for the season ahead.
“Firstly it is disappointing for Glen to have to retire but he can be proud of an excellent career and now has a new challenge to look forward to. He has been a great leader on the pitch for us and we have no doubt that he will be a brilliant addition as a coach, working with an exciting group of players.
Glen has already been working with the forwards on the lineout so it is the obvious progression for him. He has the respect of the squad, understands the dynamics of the club and we are very pleased that he will be leading the forwards this year.”
Townson is excited about his new role at Trailfinders Sports Club.
“It’s obviously disappointing for me to be hanging up my boots after 13 years but it’s hugely exciting to be taking on the Forwards Coach role. It’s a fantastic opportunity for myself, and I’m really excited to be getting started with a great group of players.”