Northampton BBOB RFC
OLs took close to 30 players over to Northampton to play BBOB RFC in 4 x 20 minute sessions of rugby on Saturday, their first taste of real action since pre-season training started in earnest at the end of June.
Several new players took part in a very useful work out against lively opponents at their excellent St Andrews Road ground, on a pitch that was close to perfection after our wet and warm summer weather
Making a very welcome return after an injury that has sidelined him since October 2010 was flanker Glenn Todd, enjoying his first taste of 15-a-side action and looking fit and ready for the new season.
Holiday commitments meant that OLs were short of midfield backs on the day, Iain Wallis, Danny Murch and Jon Bean having to play in all four sessions. As Richard Parker doesn’t expect to be in action after his long term injury until December the scrum half berth in the 1st XV is vacant, and both Ben Roach and the returning Rich Ramsden made strong claims for consideration.
There were plenty of forwards on parade for OLs with Ben Nuttall showing up well in his first outing in the club’s colours for a couple of seasons; and there would appear to be plenty of choice in the second row with no less than five highly capable candidates on show.
n OLs will play full scale friendly games against Lutterworth on September 1 before the league season gets under way with a home match against Droitwich the following week.
n Like all true supporters of the game, OLs are saddened by the demise of Rugby Lions; and a lot of loyal, long standing supporters and volunteers at that club must feel badly let down, wondering what Saturday afternoons can now offer them.
They will certainly receive a warm welcome at Fenley Field where they will see some good quality rugby in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Full details of all the club’s fixtures and events can be found at www.oldlaurentianrfc.co.uk