Press Notes | George Skivington looks ahead to season opener against Leicester Tigers
George Skivington is looking forward to Gloucester Rugby’s opening fixture of the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership season. The Head Coach faced the media ahead of the away trip to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon and gave an update on all things Gloucester Rugby.
Facing Leicester Tigers in Round 1
“It’s as important as any other game. The first game won’t necessarily dictate what happens for the rest of the season but we’ve worked really hard over the last three weeks. We’ve made a few tweaks and developed from where we were at the back end of last season and the boys have really applied themselves. We’ve laid down a few challenges that the boys have really stepped up to.
“It would be great to start with a win and see some of those bits and pieces come to fruition but win or lose we know it’s going to be a long season so you can’t hang too much on the first game.”
On Geordan Murphy’s departure
“I don’t think that their game plan will necessarily change. Steve (Borthwick) is a good coach and he’s got his ideas of the way he wants to play and I think he started implementing bits and pieces last year and I’m sure that he’ll be looking to implement more and more of the way he wants to play.
“Whatever happened has happened but that can galvanize a group when things are disjointed and it’s not something that we’ve been focusing on. It’s sad to see anyone lose their job and move on or whatever the circumstances are.”
Lewis Ludlow as Club Captain
“He’s spent his whole career here and he’s fought really hard and he’s had some high and low moments through his career in terms of selection and it’s not been plain sailing for him. He’s grafted for everything and he’s in a good position in an environment where he’s fully respected. He turns up every day trying to get better and trying to drive everyone else to get better.”
Jake Polledri’s injury
“Jake did pop in today. He’s had his scans in Italy and they’re just having a look through the reports. It’s not great. He’s not going to be back playing in the next couple of months so we are currently clarifying what the reports say and then Jake will see some consultants and he’ll have to have some sort of surgery. He’s not going to be making a quick return but obviously, we’ll be doing our best to get him back fitter and stronger than ever.”