DEVONPORT High School Old Boys have returned to pre-season training and are optimistic ahead of the 2021-22 Devon Merit Table campaign.
The ‘Sharks’ have undergone plenty of changes while league rugby has been suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
They have a new coaching team, new players and new home ground.
With the Stonehouse Creek community centre still closed, the club have opted to move to Brickfields and play on Plymouth Albion’s top pitch and hopefully use the National League side’s clubhouse as their base.
Their new-look coaching team will be headed up by Dan Pengelly, with Chris Smaldon stepping up from the juniors to look after the forwards and comebacks from clubmen Alex Buckley, Scotty Pearson and Lewis Jeffrey.
A number of other former players have also returned, although the Fijians look like they will be going their own way this season.
“The club has and is undergoing a huge rebuild,” said Pengelly. “We have created a massive buzz around the squad which continues to grow and the lads are champing at the bit to challenge the top of the table.”
Sharks’ youth section is also undergoing an effective rebuild and the club hope to announce further developments in the near future.