Press Notes - Wednesday 31 October

Date: 31 Oct 2018


Press Conference Notes

Dai Young spoke to the media today ahead of Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash with Northampton Saints at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

On the Premiership Rugby Cup

  • Every round will have a slightly different emphasis for us.

  • In the first round we pretty much played our Academy team, the team that would normally play A team rugby for us and we gave them an opportunity to play some rugby on the big stage.

  • This week it will be much more of a mixed team including players from the first-team who haven't had much rugby. There will be a mixture of Academy players involved as well but predominantly some of those who haven't had has as much rugby as they would have liked.

  • The Academy guys see it as a big part of their progress. They're very young so it's a big learning curve for them. They enjoy playing in the competition. It's very important for us to give game time to guys who haven't had much time on the field and give them the opportunity to put their hand up and put some pressure on the guys who have played regularly.

  • Due to the injuries we've had this year a few guys have played more rugby than I would've liked so it gives us an opportunity to give them a rest as well.

  • The third week we will be looking as preparation for the Premiership. It will be very close to what people would determine to be our best 23.

  • Some people have questioned the worth of the competition but everyone likes to see fringe players play who haven't played a lot and youngsters coming through. There's certainly a lot of interest for this competition.

Selection/injury news

  • The likes of Charlie Matthews, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Simon McIntyre and Kearnan Myall will get the opportunity for some game time. I know these boys will be really eager to put their hands up.
  • The likes of Tom Willis and Gabriel Oghre will get the opportunity to play with more experienced guys as well.

  • Gaby Lovobalavu is coming back in for some game time which will only help Ross Neal.

  • Billy Searle will get a bit of rugby at ten as well. It will be nice to see Ambrose Curtis out there playing, while Marcus Watson will be coming back.


Supporters

  • The support we've had since we came here to Coventry has been phenomenal really. We don't underestimate that and we're hoping for a big crowd on Sunday to get right behind the boys.

  • We've got nothing but praise for the support from the Coventry and Warwickshire area, the support we've had from them, and some of our old fans coming from London as well has also been great.