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Royal Wootton Bassett coach expects fast start
ROYAL Wootton Bassett launch their Southern Counties North campaign at High Wycombe this weekend, with new director of rugby Alan Low excited about what the season has to hold for his side.
Following the glitz and glamour of the formal opening of the club’s new Ballards Ash facility last Saturday, it’s down to the nitty gritty for Low & Co this time around as Bassett look to make a good start in a division in which they struggled for much of last term.
Low has been pleased with his players’ application in pre-season, however, and is hopeful that a different Bassett team will present itself this year.
He said: “I have been really impressed by the commitment shown by all the players throughout the pre-season period.
“They have trained incredibly hard, and are now probably the fittest they have ever been.
“A big focus for me is getting the teams playing with real tempo and intensity, so the training has not just been about creating a squad who can run a marathon.
“It has been specifically geared towards enabling them to play a very fast style of rugby, designed to keep our opponents on the back foot throughout the game.
“We have tried a lot of players in a lot of different positions in the pre season games, and I am now confident we have two highly competitive sides which will be setting the agenda in their respective leagues.
“There will be good consistency in the squad now, but that’s not to say that competition for places has stopped – everyone is keen to be playing at the highest level possible.
“I think in part due to the fantastic facilities we now have their have been a lot of new players join the club over the summer, and I am keep to keep attracting more.
“One of the clubs goals this season is to be able to field a third XV on a weekly basis, and I think this is slowly becoming a reality.”
Captain Tim Gallimore is equally enthusiastic ahead of the opening weekend; “All the coaches have put in a huge amount of work over the summer to get the squad into the shape it’s in, now its time for us to show them the results,” he said.
“Having played for Bassett for a number of years it’s a real honour to be able to lead the side out.
“It’s also good knowing that there are going to be 14 other blokes on the pitch giving everything they’ve got; the determination shown by everyone to better themselves over the summer has really impressed me.”
Elsewhere, Swindon take on Maidenhead in the first South West 1 East encounter at Greenbridge Road this season, Swindon College Old Boys face Reading Abbey in Southern Counties North.
In Dorset & Wilts 1 North, Supermarine make the trip to Trowbridge 2nds, Minety host Melksham and Fairford travel to Devizes 2nds.
Cricklade visit Supermarine 2nds in Dorset & Wilts 2 North.
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