We are into the third week of training and this week we have seen the addition of Will Greenwood, Chris Cracknell and Andy Reay to our ranks as the intensity builds towards the beginning of the season.
Today we will give a presentation to the players on the things that we did well last season and on some of the things we did not do so well, and based on this information how we will look to improve in all areas for the season ahead.
We have looked at the types of tries we scored, the types of tries we conceded, the number of penalties we gave away and why this happened. The coaching staff have looked at the various systems we had in place on the pitch and from the research we have undertaken, we have looked at whether we need to change these or whether it is simply that the players have not carried out the systems correctly.
This is a big day for us as it will form the basis of the work that is carried out in the next six weeks on the rugby pitch and in our pre-season games, which start on 11th August away to Bedford.
The rest of this week for the players has seen them carry on the fitness and power work under the eyes of Paul Pook and Dave Bell, along with the injury prevention sessions with Cameron Steele and Steph Brennan.
Early next week we will see the arrival of our Samoan scrum half Steve So'oialo and his family after his time spent playing both for Samoa and the Pacific Island Warriors. Steve will have a lot of catching up to do, particularly after having just a weeks break but I am sure that he will be made very welcome by the rest of the squad, and he already knows the likes of Ace Tiatia, George Harder and Tani Fuga.
We now have the fixture list for the Zurich 'A' league, which will be announced in due course, and are currently looking at arranging other fixtures against the likes of The Army and the Universities, as well as some of the Premiership teams in the Northern group such as Leicester and Northampton.
As I said last week, it seems that Saturday 4th September is a long way away at the moment, but in truth this is far from the case. In three weeks time we will play our first pre-season game, and the entire pre-season training schedule is geared to the squad being fully prepared for the opening Zurich Premiership game of the season against London Irish at Twickenham in the London Double Header.
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