Meet the team


David Fairbrother


My name is David Fairbrother, I am a current serving elite Royal Marine Commando and I have been lucky enough to be in the armed forces for over 12 years. I have served across the world and participated in several operations in various countries.

I am currently serving as a Corporal, and received a Combined Forces Commendation for bravery during my service on Op Herrick 9. I have an array of experiences in various contexts and have trained in jungle, arctic and desert terrains.

Whilst I have been in the military, I have been given the opportunity to play rugby to a very high standard. Rugby has been in my blood since I was 4 years old so, upon joining the military at age 20, I also joined the Royal Marines Rugby League team, receiving ‘The Man of Steel’ award for exceptional performance. In 2013, I got scouted for the Royal Navy Rugby Union squad and since then, my rugby career has continued to soar. I received the Cossack Sword for best player, Man of The Match during an annual Army Vs Navy match at Twickenham, and a nomination for Sportsman of the Year in

I got selected for Combined Services Rugby (the best players from the Navy, Army and RAF sides) and have played in the squad for 5 consecutive years. I received Man of The Match for great performance in 2018.

Steve Woodburn

rugby Coach

Steve is currently employed as a teacher at Fleetwood High School where he has worked for 19 years with young people from all kinds of backgrounds. He is also the current Head Coach at Fleetwood Rugby Union Club after taking up the position in 2014, building a solid reputation by coaching through both the senior and junior ranks.

Previous to this he coached at Millom Rugby Union in the Cumbria League after he was lured from the other code of Rugby League. His coaching CV for Rugby League extends from Millom RLFC in the National Conference league through to the Four Nations winning England Lionhearts team that he successfully led for three seasons taking them on tour to Malta and Serbia in the process.

Steve has a vast playing experience having played professionally for Wigan, Oldham and Barrow as well as Great Britain and England University teams. He was fortunate enough to captain his country in the SRL World Cup where his team were beaten by New Zealand in the final. Playing now sees him pulling his boots on at Melbourne Avenue as player coach but he says that his days are now numbered and he’s ready to give it up. We’ll see…

Dan Orwin

rugby Coach

Currently Dan is employed by the University of Central Lancashire as a lecturer of physical education and sport. Dan holds a BSC (Hons) in sport and exercise science and a MSC in strength and conditioning. Other qualifications include a post graduate certificate in (secondary) education (PGCE) and a post graduate certificate in management (PCGM)

Within rugby, Dan is currently a player mentor for the Lancashire rugby academy and works for the RFU as a coach educator and coach mentor. Previous coaching roles include Fylde RUFC (National league 2) as assistant 1st XV coach, Lancashire Rugby U18 and backs coach at Myrescough College RFU AASE academy

As a player Dan has represented the North West of England in rugby league and has played union for Fylde, Thornton-Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Middlesborough