Falkirk are united under new coach

Will Hanson, Alex Penman, Kris Burney and Dan Ritchie
Will Hanson, Alex Penman, Kris Burney and Dan Ritchie

Falkirk Rugby Vlub have the first test of their ‘bouncebackability’ when they host West of Scotland at Cala Park.

And new Sunnyside captain Kris Burney insists the club is united under new head coach Mark McKenzie in the aim of returning to the national league at the first time of asking.

Restructuring at the club has seen coach Bob Wyllie move to a specialised forwards’ coaching role with Mark McKenzie returning to the club as head coach.

And the new regime bodes well for success on the field says Burney.

“Everything is being done behind the scenes so all the boys have to do is step out the changing rooms on a Saturday and do the business on the pitch.

“We’ve worked hard on our team-building and the first and second teams are now a lot closer together, we have if you like, re-vamped the second team and renamed them Falkirk Sunnysiders.

“So everyone’s together and integrated in training and we’re having team-building nights, it feels like a big team rather than two separate ones within the club now.”

McKenzie is makign a return to Falkirk afetr time away working with the Scottish Rugby Union, and he’s having the right impact according to his club captain.

“I missed Mark on his last spell with the club, I have known him for a good few years but started when he left, but he’s highly experienced the guys are all enjoying his training and he is one of the club guys so he knows the values, the area and the ethos of the club.

“We’ve got quite a good squad shaping up, and though we have quite a few new faces we have been working hard with Mark and in the pre-season games we’ve looked well.

“The guys coming in have got up to speed quite quickly that helps when they’re quite good. The target is to get right back up to National Level where we were last year. Most of the squad are pretty confident we can do that.”