Having worked with Chris for over three years at club, district, SOR and county levels, I can confidently attest to his outstanding coaching ability.

He is a first-class coach, working with confidence and empathy among players of all age ranges and abilities.

Chris is an exceptional coach with a great understanding of the modern game.

Simon Verbickas, Former Sale and Widnes rugby League pro, RFU community coach and Caldy RUFC head coach


Since joining the RFU in 2010 as a Community Rugby Coach (CRC) I have had the honour of working closely with CJ over that period of time during which time he has been a leading light in mentoring me into my new position.

He has provided learners of all ages and abilities expertise that I would consider as second to none. Through his work as a CRC and his dedication to playing Rugby at the highest level (Macclesfield RUFC, English National League 1) his professionalism and knowledge base has also been recognised by other parties leading to his involvement with District Development squads, County teams, Schools of Rugby (SOR), Elite Player Development Groups (EPDG) and Elite Rugby Players within the Sale Academy.

Not only has CJ proved his worth on the training field but his role has also included the delivery of Rugby Leader Awards (RLAs) for the aspiring young coaches and Continuous Personal Development courses (CPD’s) for adults to help refresh and teach new techniques and safety measures.

Through these experiences I would have no hesitation in either recommending or using CJ’s skills as a coach to help develop players of all abilities and thus giving me the confidence that he would have a positive effect on all participants.

Julian Gilding
Community Rugby Coach (RFU)
Director of Rugby @Crewe and Nantwich RUFC


I’ve known Chris, CJ, going on for five years ever since my connection with Macclesfield Rugby Club, and I’ve always been impressed with his conscientiousness and yet, at the same time, his ability to display an easy-going , cool outward manner.

He is extraordinarily good with children of all ages – sensitive, sympathetic and extremely patient and this comes out in his rugby coaching.

He is a keen student of the rugby game and his knowledge and understanding has progressed with pace.

He has developed enormously as a player and has experience of back 3 play from his youth and more recently a shift into the back-row where his dynamic play in both attack and defence is a real feature.

His work with the RFU and local junior clubs and schools teams and individual players has allowed his coaching skills to blossom and I wish him well in his future rugby coaching – I can unreservedly recommend CJ to any club or school who requires a quality rugby coach and first-class role model.

Geoff Wappett
Director of Rugby and Head Coach – Macclesfield RUFC
Senior RFU Coach
Former England U18,U19 & 21 England Coach