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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38
Date: 13/11/2018 17:26

Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Bath.

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On inclusion of Ted Hill, Nick Schonert and Ben Te’o in England’s squad for Saturday’s Quilter International against Japan
It’s fantastic to see our players get recognition.
Ted was invited to the recent training camp in Portugal because he’s a terrific young player and he will adjust and adapt if he is picked to play on Saturday.
Nick is a terrific scrummager but he has worked very hard on his all round game.

Looking back at Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup match at Saracens
We put a young side out but the young players did well and came away with a bonus point which could have been two. They showed good resolve and resilience.
Players like James Scott, Beck Cutting and Nick David got game time and acquitted themselves well.
It was good to see a lot of the other players down at Saracens supporting the team.

Looking ahead to Bath
Bath are a tough team to beat at home so expecting a hard game.
Like all clubs, when you are playing at home they won’t want anyone to lower their colours.

On the strength of the Premiership this season
Chatting to other Directors of Rugby who have been around a long time, they say it’s the toughest Premiership they have ever been involved in. Every team has good quality players, they are well coached and well prepared.

Michael Fatialofa’s availability
Michael had a heavy programme in New Zealand coming straight from a Super Rugby season into the Mitre 10 Cup.
We have got to be patient and we are not putting him under any pressure to play.

Ryan Bower: Has torn an Achilles tendon and he is likely to be out for the rest of the season.
Zac Xiourouppa: Suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury at Saracens and is out for the rest of the season.
Andrew Kitchener: Suffered concussion at Saracens and is going through the return-to-play protocol.
Marco Mama: Still struggling with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play at Bath.
Ryan Mills: Has trained this week and is available for selection this week.
Pierce Phillips: Fit and available for selection.

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