Press Conference notes 10.09.19

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of the Premiership Rugby Sevens at Northampton on Friday and Saturday.

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On the pre-season training camp in Spain

  • It was an excellent week. The facilities were fantastic, the weather was good which allowed us to start training at 7.30am. It was hugely beneficial and the players enjoyed it
  • Last year we went to Spain during the conditioning period of pre-season. This time it was more rugby-focused
  • We have had two four-week blocks of pre-season followed by a week off. We were off last week but the players came back in on Monday and we have a very tough week this week

On the reasoning behind not playing any pre-season friendlies this year

  • The season is starting later because of the Rugby World Cup and most clubs have decided not to play pre-season friendlies but to use the Premiership Rugby Cup as warm-up matches
  • We hope to give most players a game in the four cup matches. We do have good strength in depth and good competition for places

What sort of squad will go to the Premiership Sevens?

  • It’s a good opportunity to give young and developing players a chance to play plus one or two more experienced guys depending on bumps and bruises
  • The squad will be coached by Gordon Ross and Mike Hill and managed by Mark Hewitt

Injuries

  • Marco Mama is back in full training and he’s looking good. Marco is the consummate professional, he looks after himself and he knows and understands his body
  • The medical staff here and at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford looked after him really well and he’s made a good recovery