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Irish Confident of Malvern's Potential

Malvern RFC

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2016 08:30am
Malvern, Malvern Hills
By Peter Woods
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Malvern RFC start their league programme for 2016/17 with an away match at Nuneaton Old Edwardians next Saturday. Despite a frustrating lack of pre-season games and being handed a walkover in the North Midlands Shield, Director of Rugby David Irish is confident that his side will make their presence felt this term. 

“We are very excited about the new season at Malvern RFC” he said this week. “ We feel that we are established in this league and are now looking to kick on and press hard for a higher league finish this season. A slow start cost us dearly last season and we will be looking to remedy that this year.” Irish believes that the lack of game time, with the latest blow when Old Saltleians withdrew from the curtain-raiser cup game scheduled for the 3rd September, need not necessarily hamper his team. “There have been few personnel changes since last season, so the players all know each other and their style of play very well and the side has a settled look about it.” The bonus which the senior club side has been handed is that several of last year’s all-conquering Colts side will now be available for adult rugby – indeed, several played in the Development and third teams towards the end of the season to great effect. 

Irish will again be assisted by Billy McGinty, former GB and Wigan rugby league player and previously a coach at Worcester Warriors and Edinburgh, whose pedigree is without compare in club circles. His training routines are tough but, crucially, enjoyable which adds to the great feeling of solidarity amongst players of all teams at Spring Lane.  

At the time of writing, Malvern were seeking a pool game for Saturday 3rd to replace the cup game – any news will be posted on the club’s website.


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