RIASA-RA Programme Director and Coaching Staff

Programme Manager

Iain Taylor

Iain has played rugby for over 38 years at Barnsley, Ilkley, Penrith, Halifax and Bingley Bees Rugby Clubs as well as representative honours with North of England Students. His experience, knowledge of the game and fitness allows him to still make the occasional appearance for the Bees 2nd XV and the Veterans team. He has considerable coaching experience and sees rugby as a game which develops the players leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, responsibility, reliability and self-worth as well as technical and tactical skills associated with playing rugby.

Iain works in education and has managed a large sports department for the last 18 years, using the knowledge, skills and experience developed in this career to develop and coordinate the rugby programme. He also has extensive contacts in the game of rugby which will allow academy scholars on the IARA programme to gain access to opportunities they may, otherwise not get.

Iain also worked in education in the USA for two years and is fully aware how the game of rugby is developing in the USA and believes that the IARA experience is an opportunity to build partnerships with USA rugby to develop and strengthen it further.


Coaching Staff
Alastair MacDonald

Forwards Coach

Alastair’s first move into professional rugby was with Bath Rugby Academy before returning to Wales to join the new Cardiff Blues Academy following the restructuring of the Welsh leagues.

Alastair has represented Wales at u17, 7’s achieving World Cup Bronze Medallist, Wales u18 levels at full 15’s. Working with top coaches at international levels, Alastair developed a broad range of skills & experience early on which would help in future development of young players.

Graduating from Cardiff Blues academy to represent the now semi-professional team Cardiff RFC & then cross city rivals Glamorgan Wanderers RFC during a career hampered by injuries, Alastair eventually hung up his boots following a serious knee injury in 2012.

Alastair’s first coaching appointment came at Taffs Well Youth RFC. He helped to develop the squad from facing relegation to a top contender for the league title within one season, only missing out on the top spot by a single point.

Following his first senior appointment with Bradford & Bingley Bees RFC, Alastair continues his professional experience & development which has seen him achieve his RFU Level 2 Coaching Certificate and be appointed Bees 1st XV forwards coach.

Ben Greaves

Backs Coach

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Ben was educated at Bingley Grammar School, a top rugby playing school, before going to Leeds Beckett University and studying Leisure and Sports Management- Exercise science. Greaves is also a qualified Personal Trainer, using this knowledge in strength and conditioning for the development of rugby union players.

His Rugby Career includes playing at local clubs Baildon and Bingley Bees before progressing to  Yorkshire Carnegie Academy and Otley RFUC first Team, playing in National League two.

Greaves’ coaching career has seen him achieve his Rugby Union Level2 coaching award and be player/coach at Old Crossleyans . Greaves has returned to the Bees for the 15-16 season to become the 1st XV backs coach and strength and conditioning coach.

Greaves represented the BEES first XV for 750 appearances beggining at 18 years of age and has recently moved back to Bees after a very successful season working for a club in Halifax. Ben has played rugby, from level 3 to level 6 in the English Leagues.  He prides himself on his personal fitness and conditioning and in achieving professional fitness levels.

“I am a very driven person and passionate about being the best that I can be, both on and off the field” Ben describes his key characteristics as “consist of honesty, passion, driven, and most of all competitive in achieving my goals. I am prepared to work with all aspiring athletes who are willing to go that extra mile to be the best and I will guarantee that if you are prepared to work hard you will definitely see the results.”

Ben Harvey

Recruiter and Backs Coach

Ben’s rugby career has been long and illustrious, playing in the English Premiership for Bristol from 1992-96 and Richmond – 1996-98. In the English Championship for Worcester from 1998-2000, Moseley 2000-01 and Birmingham & Solihull 2003-08

Ben also achieved representative honours, playing for England 7’s, England Students, The Barbarians, Penguins, Samurai 7’s, Public School Wanderers and Mauraders 7’s

Following on from his playing career, Ben progressed into coaching as Director of Rugby Birmingham & Solihull in the English Championship 2005-08 and Director pf Rugby – Jersey – 2008-2013/14 where he achieved 3 Consecutive Promotions 2009/10 – 2012/13 finally being Promoted to English  Championship 2012/13

Ben has also coached at international level being the Head Coach – Kenya 7’s – 2004/05










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