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Re: What's the odds
Posted by: Peter D
Date: 22/05/2017 09:41
One significant difference this time round is that we no longer have a squad of players who have never played at Premiership level. Even those who eventually stepped up took a long time to get to the level of intensity required and some never managed it (mostly those who have moved on). This time all of the players we have retained know what the Premiership requires. Many of the players we have signed have played Premiership rugby or equivalent immediately before signing for us. The young players we have signed will be in an environment very different to the one that we had during our last season in the Championship but when we return to the Prem will be in a better quality squad and not required to do what Billy Searle, for instance, was required to do this season.
The intensity required this season will come not from the opposition (although I expect every team to challenge us) but from peer pressure, coaching pressure and expectation throughout the club. Nobody should be satisfied with a less than convincing win in every game - and that's not about arrogance but about setting high standards and expectations throughout the club.

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