Gloucester Rugby travel to Wasps for Round 9 of the Gallagher Premiership on Friday night. Ahead of the fixture, George Skivington previewed the game and spoke about the new re-signings as well as the return of our international players.
On Ackermann, Alemanno, Kveseladze and Rapava-Ruskin’s new deals
“I’m really excited by the fact that those guys renewed their contracts. Players of that quality are wanting to stay at the club and are investing in what we are doing and they are understanding where we are going. It’s very exciting for the club and the supporters and I feel very privileged that they want to stay in the environment that we’re building.”
On the Academy lads getting game time
“I’m really happy. The way that they train out here is outstanding. They go up against the first team and they take the first team on. They mix and match in and out and they are learning so much from the senior players. They get a lot of attention and time spent on them as individuals and I think that was reflected in the weekend. The way that they played was the same systems that the team the week before and the team in the Premiership played.
"They adapted well and they knew exactly what they wanted to do and they are a good working group of lads. That’s the key thing, there’s a real quality group of people here who are really excited about the future of the club. They are good people and they are making really good rugby players.”
On internationals returning
“There’s been some really good energy around the place. We’ve had plenty of lads away in different camps so it’s great to have them all in. There was some good hard work out on the training field and we’re getting those combinations going again. They’re challenging each other and the boys are happy to be back here and they bring a little bit of spice from the bits and pieces that they picked up from their camps. It’s really positive, really energetic and exciting.”
On the challenge of returning players
“The challenge is that the lads have all been playing in different systems. They’ve all got to come back and get their heads in Gloucester mode. But they are top class athletes and top class blokes as well and they work hard. It’s not just about on the field, it’s the little conversations they have over a coffee when they discuss the game against Wasps. That’s the challenge in a short week but we’re excited and I back our lads to be quality professionals.”
On Wasps’ threats
“Wasps are a serious threat. They were in the final the season before last and they play some exciting rugby. They’ve got some exciting players who can change a game in one moment. I know they’ve got good quality players coming back. I expect it to be a really tough challenge so we’ll do our best to make sure we’re prepared and I expect it to be a hard Friday night.”
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