... Don't want to start the season on a negative, but can we have some good news please.
Yes we can; we've still got a club and a great bunch of players and staff! We're in the Premiership and have some interesting games on foreign soil to enjoy in the Amlin. We have a realistic and not too fanciful prospect of a "top 6" finish meaning HC rugby (if it still exists) in 2013-14. We are welcoming back two exceptional internationals in Palmer and Haskell and have the experience of Stephen Jones and Andrea Masi to benefit from and the younger players to learn from. We have some very, very good youngsters like Daly, Jones, Wade and Launchberry who were 'blooded' last season and can only get better. There are one or two potentially very interesting newcomers like Johnston and Bell. We have some exceptional players back from injury like Marco, Joe, TV2, all to add to a backbone of unsung heroes who got us through last year like Birkett, Payne, Southwell, Robinson, Berry etc. Sheesh; it's exciting!
I liked Filipo but if his heart isn't in it, wish him well and move on but with Wentzel, Palmer, Birkett, Cannon and Launchberry, we're reasonably well covered. Ryan Davis is no big surprise; we're very well covered at 10 and 12. Perhaps a significant message regarding the potential of Tommy Bell? As for pre-season matches, yeah it would have been nice but Treviso and a French side away from the spotlight is arguably better than a home game; for the team if not for us.