Benji John - Founder and Lead CoachBenji is the founder, owner and lead coach of PackDown Rugby and has had a cumulative involvement in rugby as a player and coach for 17 years. Benji is a qualified RFU Level 3 Coach, has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Rugby Coaching and Performance from the University of South Wales and is a Qualified Teacher. Benji has had coaching experience across various Performance Pathway Environments at Bath Rugby and Wasps Academy, at both Universities in Bath, has been lead forwards coach for the Somerset/Dorset/Wiltshire U15/U16 and has spent the last two years at Millfield School specialising in the delivery of Rugby Union. As a player Benji has represented both Bath Rugby Academy and Newport Gwent Dragons Academy as a youth player and represented both Cross Keys and Bridgend Ravens in the Welsh Premiership. Benji is renowned for his high-end technical detail when delivering to forwards and specialises in the set piece facet of the game.
Daniel Gaywood - Backs SpecialistDaniel is currently a level 2 RFU Qualified Coach working as an Attack and Kicking strategist with Bristol Bears Women’s, competing in the Tyrells 15s Premiership. Prior to working with Bristol Bears, Daniel spent time as a Backs and Skills coach within a number of Academy environments, including’s SGS Filton U18s and Cardiff Blues U16s, which he was able to balance alongside his studies, both at undergrad and Masters level, recently completing an MSc in Sports Coaching and Performance in September 2019, at the University of South Wales.
James Vecchio - Forwards Specialist
James has played at a semi-professional level since leaving university, spending two years at King Edwards School Birmingham as a rugby specialist. Within this time James was involved in the Warwickshire County Pathway as well as gaining experience coaching at Bath Rugby. While at University James was heavily involved in the Cardiff Metropolitan woman’s program and gained professional coaching qualifications and a First Class BsC Honours degree in Sports Coaching.