Match Preview: Lozowski and Bliss talk LV=Cup
Alex Lozowski and Tom Bliss talk about the LV=Cup and the chance it gives young players like themselves a stage to show what they can do.
Both new to the black and gold this season, Alex Lozowski and Tom Bliss have joined the Club from Leeds and Loughborough Universities respectively.
Coming from University into a professional rugby environment has been a change for both the young players top adapt to but Lozowski says that he is enjoying having rugby as his clear main focus.
"Only a few months ago I was doing tons of exams and now I'm a full time player. It's nice to have only one thing to focus on. Last year I was very busy going from the library to training and back to the library, which isn't ideal, but now this is my sole focus. I'm enjoying it a lot and I think I'm seeing the benfits. This is the most important thing in my life at the moment so I'm going for it. It's going well but there's obviously room for improvement and hopefully I can continue to kick on."
Ahead of this weekend's game against Sale Sharks, Lozowski says he is looking forward to showing what he can do in the LV=Cup, where so many players have had their first taste of top-level rugby.
"The LV=Cup has shown in the past that it is a good opportunity for good young players to come in and show what they can do. I can remember many players who have made their mark for the first time in this competition, going on to do very well in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe. You can see it is a stepping stone; if you can prove that you can do it in the LV=Cup then you're likely to get a chance a bit further down the line in the Premiership and in Europe. Hopefully I can emulate what those other players have done before me and take my chance."
Tom Bliss echoes those sentiments, making it clear that the LV=Cup is where he can prove his worth and develop his game.
"The LV=Cup is hugely important to me. It's a great stage, a great stepping stone for future international players so I can't wait to get out there and show what I can do."
"To be involved with some experienced first team players is great. The coaches, credit to them, bring in a lot of younger players and trust them, giving them the chance to mix it with the first team boys. If I can replicate half of what players like Christian Wade have done then I will be very happy."
Bliss also says that he is enjoying giving everything to his rugby and is working hard on developing his game.
"The biggest thing that I have found here is game management and game understanding. You can't be a one dimensional player here, particularly as a scrum half. Game management and game understanding is what I need to improve on the most and I'm enjoying working on those."