On Thursday evening the 1st XV squad continues preparations for the coming season with two fixtures. The 1st XV travels to Burnage whilst the 2nd XV plays host to Waterloo.
The game at Burnage kicks off at 7.45pm with the squad meeting at the club at 5.15pm or at Burnage at 6.30pm. The squad will be hoping to build on two good performances at Sale on Friday night. New captain Phil Baines leads the team once again. The squad is as follows:
Irving, Mills, Madden, Morton, Tomlinson, Wallace, Lees, Murray, Kindred, Carter, Baines©, Hurst, Davies, Trueman, Allen, Altham, Wilkinson, Walker, Taylor,
Todd, Embleton, Kendall
The game at Lightfoot Green sees Waterloo as the visitors, kick off is at 7.45pm with the squad meeting at 6.30pm. Director of Rugby Gareth Dyer will be hosting a Q+A session in the bar beforehand at 6.45pm with free chip butties. Entry to the game is free. The squad is as follows:
Peterson©, Tuff, Oga, Banks, Williams, Wilkes, Clitheroe, Proctor, Hulme, Woof, Gargett, Geatches, Reddick, Rhodes Powers, Murray M, Burns, Mcguinness, Moulding, Ward
Head Coach Garth Dew said ‘After successful games for both squads against Sale on Friday night these fixtures are another good opportunity to try out different combinations ahead of our first league game against Hull on September 6th.
A number of changes have been made to the squads to give everyone a fair chance, though we are stressing that every player remains in contention for a 1st XV place against Hull regardless of selection this week. We have deliberately planned two tough games for the lads and this is their last chance to stake a claim for the start of the season.
I was impressed with both performances last week in particular the defensive efforts and commitment levels, and I hope the lads continue in this fashion whilst fine tuning their attacking patterns and set piece on Thursday night.
A number of players are returning from injury or unavailability this week and I’m sure we will have a number of selection headaches next week which is always a good problem to have.’
Support at both games will be greatly appreciated by all the players.