After a brilliant pre-season the 2nd Mad Dog Academy has launched at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. Looking forward to seeing the squad develop over the next couple of years…

“I am massively excited about this partnership between RWBA Sixth Form and the Mad Dog Rugby Academy. The scheme offers a superb opportunity for local sportsmen, whilst being able to complete their academic studies within a supportive and successful environment.” George Croxford, Head Teacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Check out Royal Wootton Bassett Acadamy here.



Upcoming fixtures:

8/11/17   St Laurence      Away

22/11/17 Sheldon            Home

6/12/17 Beechen             Away

24/1/18 MOS Mad Dog    Away

28/1/18 Millfield 7’s          Away

31/1/18 Millfield               Away

7/2/18 Beechen               Home

Alex Burns

Alex Burns

Alex moved into coaching after suffering a long term knee injury whilst at school. He quickly developed a passion for coaching, and was afforded three fantastic opportunities to develop his coaching skills in New Zealand, South Africa and at the world renowned rugby school Millfield. Upon completing a sport & exercise science degree with the University of Bath, Alex took up the position of Head Coach at Melksham Oak School in 2015.

With a move to Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, Alex will continue in a Master in Charge of Rugby role, as well as embarking on his promotion to Director of Rugby for Mad Dog Sport, where he will be developing and monitoring the full rugby programme.

Since Alex came on board with Mad Dog Sport he has thrived as a coach and mentor, proven through the excellent development shown within the squad at Melksham Oak School. His attention to detail and eagerness to progress as a coach is undeniable and we are excited to see what he will do with the squad at RWBA.

In addition to his role with Mad Dog Sport, he coaches with Bath Rugby’s DPP & EPDG (pre-cursor age groups to the Bath Academy). Alex has recently completed his RFU Level 3 qualification and is hoping to make a steady return to the pitch, after a knee injury.

Ryan Kirby

Ryan Kirby

Ryan Kirby joined Mad Dog Sport in August 2017, as the new Assistant Coach at The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Ryan played Hooker/Flanker for Mold RFC in North Wales until he was 16 when he successfully applied to the London Wasps Academy. He went on to captain the side in the final at Twickenham in 2012. Whilst at Wasps Ryan also played for Welsh Exiles and Welsh Charitable’s.

In 2014 he played for RGC 1404 – North Wales Premiership side and also completed his Level 2 Coaching qualification. He returned to play for Mold RFC in 2015 and in 2016 was appointed as the Head Coach for the Youth section, who under his guidance, won the League.

Ryan believes this is the first step to fulfilling his ambition to become a professional Coach with aspirations to complete his Level 3 in the near future.