Wales’ Hugh Gustafson has been voted coach of the season in British universities and faculties rugby.

The 34-year-old from Carmarthen steered Swansea College to a fifth-place end within the BUCS Tremendous League within the first full-campaign since they joined the top-flight ahead of the pandemic-affected 2019-20 marketing campaign.

They completed the 2021-22 common season with six straight wins, accounting for the likes of Cardiff Met, Cardiff College, Hartpury, Tub and Loughborough within the course of.

Overseeing all of it as head coach was Gustafson, with James Hook accountable for the assault.

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Recognition has include west Walian Gustafson being named as BUCS Tremendous Rugby coach of the season, an award voted for by supporters.

“It’s a pleasant strategy to finish the marketing campaign,” he stated.

“I didn’t anticipate it however all of the gamers and coaches have labored arduous so it’s been a gaggle effort.”

The previous entrance rower is a part of the Ospreys’ teaching pathway and heads up the workforce operation at Swansea RFC, whose former chairman Stephen Hughes sang his praises.

“Everybody at our club has been impressed with Gus,” stated Hughes.

“The very first thing to say about him is he’s a pleasant man who folks join with and need to do nicely for. He additionally thinks deeply concerning the recreation and likes it to be performed with a bit of favor.

“Possibly the college boys have warmed to him as a result of he has a younger mindset, however I can only talk about our ideas on him.

“The Welsh Premiership isn’t nearly outcomes. It’s about improvement and Gus has helped quite a lot of younger gamers over the previous few years, Morgan Morris amongst them.

“You’ll be able to only communicate as you discover and as younger coaches go he’s been glorious.

“I see a shiny future for him.”

Two Welsh gamers have additionally been voted within the BUCS’ workforce of season, picked by coaches within the competitors.

Each are from Tremendous Rugby last winners Exeter College. Dafydd Jenkins options at lock, with Dan John taking the full-back slot.

The pair have well-known dads — Jenkins is the son of ex-Wales A back-rower Hywel Jenkins, whereas John’s father Paul featured 10 instances for the Wales senior workforce at scrum-half. You’ll be able to examine younger abilities with well-known fathers right here.

They’ve had distinctive campaigns. Certainly, Jenkins has carried out so nicely for his school that he featured for Exeter Chiefs within the Gallagher Premiership and was touted for a Wales name, whereas John acquired excessive reward earlier within the marketing campaign from his much-respected college coach Keith Fleming.

“Dan is a particular expertise,” Fleming instructed WalesOnline in an interview.

“He’s fast however he’s additionally very deft with what I name ghost runs.

“You see him working right into a defensive position and also you assume nothing a lot goes to occur, however then, lo and behold, he comes out the opposite aspect. He has nice ft and he beats folks along with his acceleration.

“What’s good about him is that not only is he super-talented, he’s an amazing child, too.”

Cardiff Met backs Roma Zheng and Will Rigg are additionally within the workforce of the marketing campaign, together with Cardiff College again rower Greg Ramage.


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