When Hull RUFC play their first game of next season in National Two North, two familiar faces will sadly be missing from the sidelines. Forwards coach Ali Thompson has decided to step away from the game to spend time with his young family, while physio Chloe Atkinson has also decided the time is right to take a break from sport. Both have played pivotal roles in the club’s successful rise in recent seasons and they will be sadly missed by everyone, on and off the pitch. Director of rugby Mike Umaga paid tribute to both, knowing he has the difficult task of replacing the popular pair.
“On behalf of the club, I would like to wish Ali Thompson and Chloe Atkinson the best of luck for their future,” Umaga said.
“Ali has a lot to offer as a coach and I would not be surprised to see clubs ask for his services.
“Coaching means you take a lot of time away from your family which is difficult.
“When Tony Penn and I came on board, Ali’s knowledge of the group of players and the league was invaluable.
“It was great to work with a young up and coming coach like Ali.
“Chloe has had a tough task along with Laura Dearnley.
“But to keep a positive outcome on things is a credit to her.
“We could see how emotional Chloe was at the end of the final game of the season, because it means so much to her.
“I want to thank her for being so good at her job and hopefully she will return to sport in the near future.”