Cross leaves Dragons RFC to take top job at MLR franchise
Dragons defence coach Simon Cross is departing the URC to assume the role of head coach for Major League Rugby (MLR) team Old Glory DC.
Since joining the Men of Gwent in 2018, Cross has been an integral part of the backroom staff at Rodney Parade.
With coaching experience at English Premiership club Worcester Warriors and Scotland’s Under-18s and Under-20s, he now will now take over from Josh Syms, who led Old Glory to their first-ever MLR playoff appearance and victory in 2023.
Head Coach Dai Flanagan said: “Simon is a talented and well-respected coach who leaves a lasting impression on our playing squad and the wider environment at Dragons RFC.
“While we’re disappointed to see him leave, we’re also pleased that he has secured a Head Coach role in the MLR and can take the next step in his own coaching career path. We see his appointment as an endorsement of his work and development at Dragons.
“We wish Simon and his young family every success with the next chapter in Washington and look forward to welcoming them all back to Rodney Parade in the future.”
Cross moves on to take up his first head coach position at the USA capital franchise.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time as a Dragon,” said Cross. “I firstly want to thank Dai Flanagan and David Buttress for the support they’ve given me in allowing me to take up this Head Coach role.
“Dragons will always be a special club to me, but this is an opportunity that I need to take for my own coaching progression and for my family as we look to start a new adventure in Greater Washington.
“Finally, my thanks to all the staff and playing squad at Dragons. I’ve really enjoyed working with such a hard-working and driven group and I’m confident the team will have many successful seasons to come. I look forward to coming back to Newport to watch the team from the terraces soon.”
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