Team Update 2017-18
Our first season back in National one stretched our resources to the limit. A couple of major injuries in pre season started the theme and injuries continued to dog us throughout the season. We certainly knew we had a crisis when, in a number of games, four out of our 5 substitutes were front row forwards. Mind you they certainly acquitted themselves well whichever position they played.
Under the circumstances, the squad and coaches did exceptionally well to finish in 9th position. Although, as a group, we were disappointed not to have finished higher, as some very close games against the top sides, showed what we could achieve when performing well.
Sadly we said goodbye to Shanners and a large number of last seasons squad. Some to pastures new or onto university, others into retirement from the highly competitive National 1. Finding a new Head Coach and building a new squad has meant a very busy end to the season. However, we have secured an excellent coach in Gavin Hogg, whose approach and coaching ability is already meeting with great approval. Our new squad has slowly taken form and the fact that we have a large number of exciting new players will bring a fresh team dynamic and energy to the squad. This, I have no doubt will be complemented by more established team members, ensuring the OA ethos and traditions are upheld. I am both optimistic and excited for the coming season and look forward to your support.
Director of Rugby
We go into next season with much change and excitement around the senior squad. I am looking forward to my new role as head coach and have been greatly impressed by the club set-up in the short term I have been in the position.
The off-season has been a busy one finalising our squad with the aim of building on the 9th place finish last season. We will welcome new faces into the squad to replace some familiar ones that have moved onto new pastures or retired and continue with the strong link we have with Saracens.
The players have been working hard in pre-season to prepare for the tough opening fixtures we face in our National League 1 campaign but hopefully as the weeks pass we will become more accustomed to each other and can play a brand of rugby that excites our spectators and enjoyed by all involved.
We look forward to receiving your support over the course of the season as your voices on the touchline will no doubt make a huge difference.
1stXV Club Diary
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