Ryan – Pre-season has given us perfect insight

Dean Ryan says Warriors’ tough pre-season campaign has given him the perfect insight into his players ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship opener next Sunday.

Warriors tasted success against Ospreys before going down to Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs.

And, according to the Warriors Director of Rugby, his side will be ready when the season finally gets underway against Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate.

He said: “We won’t get tested like we did against Exeter much this season so for our learning this is exactly what I wanted.

“I wanted pre-season to put us under the microscope and show us where the standards are and to get this young group towards those.

“We know where we are and I’ve been delighted with the people I wanted to come in and take their chances.

“Physically I thought we were very strong again. We’ve got lots to work on and we’ll reference that game across the year because we won’t meet opposition like that very often over the next six months.”

Warriors face an action-packed opening month of the campaign with trips to Bristol and Doncaster amongst Sixways clashes with Moseley and Nottingham.

And Ryan admits everyone at the club has set their sights on an instant return to the top-flight.

He added: “This season is about a stepping stone back into the Premiership and then being successful there.

“And the standards we want to set is that we are successful in the Premiership when we get back.”