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By Saint Ted
May 16 2018

MATT FERGUSON JOINS NORTHAMPTON SAINTS COACHING TEAM

The 39-year-old has spent the last 12 months working as a scrum consultant with London Irish where he linked up with new Saints tighthead Ben Franks.

He has also for the last three years headed up the forwards division for the England Women’s team, in which time the side topped the world rankings, reached last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup final as well as beating New Zealand on their own soil in Rotorua.

After initially working with the Red Roses’ as a forwards coach from 2009 to 2011, Ferguson moved on to stints in the men’s game at Cardiff Blues, Bristol Rugby and London Welsh before returning to Twickenham in 2015 to sculpt a dominant set piece and driving maul for England’s women.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at London Irish this season and with England Women over the past three years. While I will be sad to leave such great groups of players and management, this is a really exciting opportunity for me to work for one of the biggest clubs in English rugby and learn from one of the most well-respected coaches in the world in Chris Boyd,” said Ferguson. 

“I’m honoured to be given the chance here, and I’m really looking forward to teaming up with such a talented group of players already at Saints.” 

Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd added: “Matt showed himself to be the standout candidate during our search. I was not only impressed by his experience but also his superb attitude and meticulous level of preparation – I am sure he will be a great fit here.” 

Ferguson’s focus as assistant coach will be on Saints’ scrum, and he will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens in June – in time for the start of Northampton’s preseason training.

 

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Marching On
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16/05/2018 14:05
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Flapjack
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16/05/2018 13:52

 
tedge
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tedge (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 14:23
This is a welcome appointment as it has been obvious for some time that our forward pack is not as dominant when scrummaging as it used to and needs to be. Who will coach the other aspects of forwards play ?

 
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SaintMaul (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 14:26
I've never heard of him but good to hear as scrum has to be a coaching development area

 
St.Sinner
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St.Sinner (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 14:39
Interesting its not a being classed as a forwards coach appointment, maybe we have another on the way, good to have a scrum specialist. I bet the forwards cant wait to start work with him, a breath of fresh air.

 
acl saint
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acl saint (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:06
Welcome Matt!!!
Another piece of the jigsaw fits into place.
In Boyd we trust!!!

 
herbie85
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herbie85 (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:12
Has to be a positive step. Looks like Frank's may have recommended too if been at Irish

 
Saint Jericho
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Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:13
A young coach so hopefully progressive and forward thinking in his approach.

Honestly not heard of him before but that's not a bad thing.

So as I see it, next year will be:
CB head coach
Ferguson scrum coach

Dickens defence?
Dowson forwards coach?

Have I missed anyone?

Let's hope Matt is as successful as the other Ferguson. Welcome Matt

 
andysaint
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andysaint (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:13
Welcome to the club. I know little about his reputation so hope he can be a success here. Interesting that we have hired a specific scrum coach, with so many young props some additional support is always good for their development. It may also indicate that a new forwards coach maybe able to have more time working on the breakdown and other aspects of forward play.

 
BrianB
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BrianB (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:21
Sam Vesty attacks coach!



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Saint Jericho
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Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:27
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BrianB
Sam Vesty attacks coach!

Damn, knew I'd left someone out!

 
MESSAGES->author
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St Jerome (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:34
Having read all the details on the web about Matt, I was impressed how not one article didn't include analysis. Read how he developed Bern for the Red Roses or the analysis of the shortcomings of London Welsh. Thoughtful, to the point and technically sound. Very happy.

St Jerome

A Supporter not a Moaner - according to the OSB definition!

 
Duckonstilts
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Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:37
Looks like a good bit of business. A young coach with good experience at different levels looking to make a name for himself. I am happy too that we are expanding the coaching team to include more specialists.

 
Fat Prop
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Fat Prop (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:38
Quote:
Saint Jericho
A young coach so hopefully progressive and forward thinking in his approach.
Honestly not heard of him before but that's not a bad thing.

So as I see it, next year will be:
CB head coach
Ferguson scrum coach

Dickens defence?
Dowson forwards coach?

Have I missed anyone?

Let's hope Matt is as successful as the other Ferguson. Welcome Matt

Youve forgotten Sam Vesty as attack coach...
Not sure Dowse will get overall forward coach job yet - Id hope for more proven (SH ?) recruit to come ?
Dowse will probably stay as defence coach ?
Dont think Dickens role confirmed yet, but may still be head coach with Boyd as DoR ...?

 
MESSAGES->author
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Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:47
I expect St Bart's "lad" will be able to give some useful inside knowledge on him?

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Saint Jericho
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 15:57
Quote:
Fat Prop
Quote:
Saint Jericho
A young coach so hopefully progressive and forward thinking in his approach.
Honestly not heard of him before but that's not a bad thing.

So as I see it, next year will be:
CB head coach
Ferguson scrum coach

Dickens defence?
Dowson forwards coach?

Have I missed anyone?



Let's hope Matt is as successful as the other Ferguson. Welcome Matt

Youve forgotten Sam Vesty as attack coach...
Not sure Dowse will get overall forward coach job yet - Id hope for more proven (SH ?) recruit to come ?
Dowse will probably stay as defence coach ?
Dont think Dickens role confirmed yet, but may still be head coach with Boyd as DoR ...?

Do you think we'll appoint a separate forward's coach as well then?
I'd like to see Dickens back as defence coach. Our defence was awesome whilst he was in charge. Not sure where that leaves Dowson though. That's why I thought they might make him forward's coach.

 
Fat Prop
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Fat Prop (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 16:10
I dont disagree about Dickens as defence coach, but theyve only just given that job to Dowse, and while everyone seem to rate him very highly, he is still relatively unproven and the overall forwards coach is a big job ...

Id also be surmised if Boyd doesnt want an experienced forward coach as his no2, but who knows....

Im usually wrong !!

 
Casual Saint
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Casual Saint (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 16:51
Sounds like a positive signing, definitely looking to the future.

Once a scrum half .... always a scrum half

 
Christoff
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 18:56
Great stuff. Looks like a great appointment. Things are really looking up. We need fresh ideas and new ways of going about things.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
shendy (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 19:29
Not someone I know anything about, but welcome! Onwards & upward!

 
Bernie's Dad
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Bernie's Dad (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 20:10
Great appointment, Welcome Matt!

If were also looking for a Forwards Coach alongside Matt, Id love to see Tom Smith back at the Gardens. Respected across the globe in the game, and another passionate Saints legend in the coaching set up...

 
JRM
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
JRM (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 21:01
Yes welcome Matt, anyone know who the other applicants were, if any, for the job or was he head hunted?

 
Flapjack
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Flapjack (IP Logged)
16/05/2018 22:23
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Bernie's Dad
Great appointment, Welcome Matt!
If were also looking for a Forwards Coach alongside Matt, Id love to see Tom Smith back at the Gardens. Respected across the globe in the game, and another passionate Saints legend in the coaching set up...
Mr Smith was interviewed

 
Eif Jones
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Eif Jones (IP Logged)
17/05/2018 01:26
I can't believe that Ferguson would join just as Scrum coach, it would be a step backwards for him. He could free-lance that job in the way that Sean Edwards does as a 1 day a week defence consultant for Cardiff.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: NEWS: New Coach for Saints Matt Ferguson
Connorman (IP Logged)
17/05/2018 08:51
Yes, you are quite right, Eif. Thats probably what Ferguson (his first name is Matt, btw) is considering before he signs for Saints.

Oh, hang on a minute.....

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