RUGBY: Bassett ready for kick-off
9:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
DIRECTOR of Rugby Alan Low feels Royal Wootton Bassett are in a strong position as they prepare to launch their Southern Counties North campaign at High Wycombe tomorrow.
New first-team skipper Tim Gallimore leads the side in their new campaign, having been moved across from the South section last season and opened their new facility at Ballards Ash last weekend.
Low, whose side played five pre-season games, 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 club's 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.
Gallimore added: “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.
"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.
Owen Richardson will begin his third season as second XV Captain, and is keen to build on the success of last year.
“We finished the season off with a high last year, winning the Dorset & Wilts second team shield, but I am keen for this not to be the highlight of my time with Bassett,'' he said.
"We have got a highly competitive second team at Bassett, with really good numbers training every week and almost everyone pressing for a place in the first team.
"Second and third teams notoriously struggle to get consistently high numbers at training, but I feel we have taken a big step in the right direction this summer, and am keen to continue to see the numbers grow.
Bassett's second XV kick off against Sutton Benger at 3pm on Saturday at Ballards Ash.
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