Press Conference Notes 07.08.18

Press Conference Notes

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Friday night’s pre-season clash with Benetton Rugby at Stadio di Monigo (kick-off 8.30pm local, 7.30pm BST).

Here’s what he had to say:

Benetton/team news

  • We’ll take 28 players to Italy and the aim is to get them all playing 40 minutes of rugby.
  • Benetton are a good, physical side.
  • The match will give us an idea of where we are.
  • Ben Te’o, Josh Adams and Jack Singleton won’t be involved.
  • Bryce Heem, Ethan Waller and Wynand Olivier are recovering well from operations and should hopefully be back for the start of the season.

Jono Lance

  • He only finished the Super Rugby season in July so he needed a couple of weeks off after that as he went there straight from his spell here at Sixways.
  • We are working with him separately now after he arrived at the start of August and getting him up to speed.
  • He will be integrated into the squad gradually and it’s a similar situation with the likes of Josh Adams and Jack Singleton who have been away this summer on international duty.
  • Jono is a very useful player who can play at 10, 12 and 15 – having played at 15 for some of the recent Super Rugby campaign.

Hartpury pre-season clash

  • We will hopefully look at Josh Adams and Jack Singleton for that match.

Birmingham Moseley potential fixture

  • I am in talks with Simon Cross at Moseley and we are hopeful of a game in a couple of weeks’ time.

The first block of Premiership games

  • The first block will allow opportunities for all fit players to show what they can do.
  • We have six Premiership games while there are four Premiership Rugby Shield games so there will be plenty of opportunities.