League return starts with derby clash

Action from Webb Ellis Road - Rugby Lions v OL's
Action from Webb Ellis Road - Rugby Lions v OL's
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Rugby Lions return to league action after a season confined to friendlies and the fixtures have fallen perfectly for the town with their opening game.

Lions will take on their very local rivals Rugby Welsh at Webb Ellis Road this Saturday (ko 3pm) in the opening fixture of the in Midlands 5 West (South) campaign.

Lions head coach Robert Walton is looking forward to the start of competitive games.

He said: “We have come a long way in the two months of pre-season work. The three coaches are seeing a new squad of players getting to know each other, showing spirit and character and now bonding as a team. We are happy our mixture of older and younger players will see us through this season and we are not looking for more players to bring in.

“In fact, selection will be difficult as no player is guaranteed a starting place because everyone has another player vying for his position.

“We have been really pleased with the attitude of the players but also the backing of the committee, the people who volunteer to work at the club and the supporters who have shown up in such numbers and made themselves heard.

“We have also met a great welcome among the Rugby town community and businesses which has been very gratifying to see as well.”

Some of the Welsh side played at Webb Ellis Road last season when they supplemented the numbers of the Abercrave touring side. But it is likely that most visiting teams will not have had the chance to perform in such a stadium as Rugby’s and this and the realisation they are playing at ‘The Home of Rugby Football’ may make them less at ease than they might otherwise be.

The Rugby Lions coaches and players will not be relying on that, though, and some fiercely contested games can be anticipated as every club will no doubt try to claim a prize scalp.