Gloucester Rugby host Ulster in Round 2 of the European Champions Cup at Kingsholm this Saturday. Ahead of the fixture George Skivington faced the media and discussed all things Gloucester Rugby.
On Danny Cipriani’s departure
“Danny and I have a very good relationship and we’ve had a couple of discussions over the past few weeks and Danny felt that it was time for a new challenge and we fully support him in that.
“It’s relatively easy when you’ve got a good relationship and you can talk openly and honestly. He’s been a great servant to the club and he can push on and challenge himself in whatever route he chooses to go down.
“The season when Gloucester Rugby got into the play-offs, he was player of the year and he was outstanding. He brought some great moments to Gloucester Rugby and to the game full stop. A player of his quality is great to watch when he’s in great flow and playing like that.
“I’m sure the fans will have plenty of nice messages for him and that they appreciate what he did when he was here.”
On Adam Hastings joining the club next season
“Adam is a good signing for us. He’s young and hungry and he’s already got good experience behind him. He’s really excited to come and play in the Premiership and I think it’s very exciting for the club and the supporters.”
“We’re managing our way through this process. We’ve got a few injuries, but some youngsters got some good exposure last weekend. There are all sorts of decisions with managing different players and we’re managing it the way we think is best.”
“Right now, we’re focused on Ulster. Obviously, they had a great last season and they only just lost at the weekend. They’re a serious outfit and they are very impressive when you watch them play.”
On competing in two competitions
“It’s very challenging in a normal season! If you have a squad to compete on both fronts that’s a real privilege. I think in a season like this where it’s back-to-back every single week, and then you throw in the number of injuries we’ve got now, it is very difficult.”
On the Lyon game
“You take the positives from it and obviously the score line wasn’t particularly enjoyable at the weekend, I thought young players, George Barton particularly, worked extremely hard and I was particularly impressed with him.
“Seb Nagle-Taylor in his first game out of the Championship, there were some good solid guys working really hard. We made lots of mistakes and we’ve sat down and reviewed their games and they’ll be better for it in the long run.
“It’s different and I think it was great for the young lads to be exposed against such a good Lyon team on the pitch. I’d have absolutely loved for there to have been a crowd as well and then you get the real experience of playing away in France. Never mind how tough it is, when you run out, the crowd, a bit like Kingsholm, they’re not shy of letting you know what they think!”