Gloucester Rugby’s Gallagher Premiership season gets underway this Saturday with an away trip to Franklin’s Gardens as the Cherry and Whites play Northampton Saints.
Ahead of the fixture, Head Coach George Skivington previewed the game and also reflected on pre-season and training at Kingsholm.
“We’re in a good spot and everyone’s ready to get into the season now. There’s only so long that you can do pre-season for and I’m happy with our prep.
“We’ve managed to blend the senior and the young players nicely. The young players have had a lot of game time this pre-season which is really important for where we are going as a club and I thought, particularly last Saturday, some of the young guys really stood up and showed what they learnt in the last two games against Ealing.
“The boys have been outstanding and have worked really hard.”
Training at Kingsholm
“Pre-season is really important on the field because you’ve got to push yourself hard and go to the well and experience that together, but I think we’re very lucky that we’ve come back to Gloucester, and we’re building the training facility next door and we’ve got the privilege of training here at Kingsholm every day.
“I’m only a year here myself and the history I’ve learnt and the bits and pieces around the place and the stadium and those who have gone before and their stories, it’s unbelievable. I want to say thanks to Malc King who’s spent a bit of time in the off season coaching me on all of the stories. The boys have really enjoyed hearing those and we’ve had a bit of fun with it and asked the lads to do a bit of research and bits around the history of The Shed and the stadium.”
On Northampton Saints
“Saints are a good team. They’re four or five years into their journey with their group and their coaching team. They were knocking on the door of the top four last year. They play some great running rugby and they’ve got a good physical pack and they can open teams up. They did that against Ospreys last weekend.
“They’ve got a couple of good new signings who look to be really sharp and like they’ll fit the Premiership well so it’s a slightly different challenge from last year. They’ve been building nicely for a few years and I respect that.”
On the return of the Premiership
“Pre-season is brilliant for the bonding and the hard work but in the end we love getting to the season and we love the week to week and the competitiveness and the highs and lows. The pulling together.
“It’s really exciting. It’s doubly exciting this year as we’re getting all of the supporters back. It’s an exciting season ahead and we’re looking forward to it.”