And one for the road…

This weekend’s edition of The Rugby Paper includes an article previewing National 1, outlining a couple of DoRs’ thoughts on those teams likely to be pushing for the top spot in the league this season.

It starts with a comment from Hartpury College’s DoR, John Barnes (presumably because Hartpury finished 2nd last season) stating that Rosslyn Park are the team most likely to pose Hartpury the biggest threat, along with ‘Plymouth Albion, Moseley, Ampthill. Esher and Blackheath’).

No mention of Cov there then. Continue reading “And one for the road…”

The Friendlies: Episode 5: the one with all the Homies (the report)

Two games, two very different performances.

Two very different sets of playing conditions.

If you’ll excuse the pun, in the final game Coventry made heavy weather in beating a tenacious Bury St Edmunds side in the last of the three fixtures, but they certainly weren’t helped by driving rain that caused plenty of problems for both sides. Continue reading “The Friendlies: Episode 5: the one with all the Homies (the report)”

Solving the puzzle…

By the end of today players will have had their last opportunity to put forward their cases for selection against Loughborough in a week’s time.

And whilst the die has not yet been cast, Rowland Winter has said that the team picked to face Bury St Edmunds later today is certainly in the driving seat for selection against Loughborough Students next week. Is up to the players now…places are theirs to lose.

From a Coventry spectator’s point of view, that makes for a very interesting afternoon’s rugby. Continue reading “Solving the puzzle…”

A triple-headed elephant…

1352392925_0colchester-rugby.gifI have to admit that when I first saw the list of pre-season friendlies, there was a part of me that was just a little bit disappointed with the final triple-header. Not for long, I should add, but I certainly wasn’t as excited about this weekend as I was about the others.

This is going to sound a little patronising, and it really isn’t meant to be, but after such strong opposition as Jersey Reds, Ealing Trailfinders and Newport, two 60 minutes games against Colchester  and Bury St Edmunds didn’t really fill me with a great deal of excitement at the time.

I even had to check which league Colchester were in, which is something that I probably shouldn’t be owning up to, but I doubt I’m  alone in that. And, to save anyone else the ignominy of having to look it up, it’s National League 3: London and South East Division. Continue reading “A triple-headed elephant…”