Martyn Wood

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Biography

Yorkshire Carnegie appointed former Wasps and Bath player Martyn Wood as the club’s new Director of Rugby in July 2019 ahead of the 2019-20 Greene King IPA Championship season.

The appointment is the first step as the club move forward having had the Company Voluntary Arrangement approved.

Wood joined the club from National League 1 side Hull Ionians having previously also played for his home town club of Harrogate. The Yorkshireman will now lead the Emerald Headingley-based club into the new season as he begins recruitment for his squad. 

Scrum half Wood spent the majority of his playing career at Wasps after being spotted playing for Yorkshire by Nigel Melville, the then Wasps coach. In total, he made 126 appearances for Wasps between 1996 and 2003. His form for Wasps saw him earn a place in the England squad for the tour to South Africa in 2000 and he followed that up a year later with a call up for England’s North American tour when he gained both his caps for England against Canada and the USA. He was drafted in as cover for both the 1999 and 2003 World Cups but did not feature in either tournament. 

A regular for England A, he moved to Recreation Ground in the summer of 2003 and made his debut for Bath at Emerald Headingley on the opening day of the 2003-04 Premiership season. He went on to play in the 2004 English Premiership final defeat against his former club.

His final appearance for Bath came in the 2004-05 season having made 55 appearances for the club. He was forced to retire from the game when he was just 29 in 2006 due to a neck injury. He joined Hull Ionions in 2017 as Director of Rugby and joined Yorkshire Carnegie on a full time basis.