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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: Simba
Date: 12/02/2019 19:19
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Harlequins.

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On facing Harlequins

The level of competition in the Premiership this season is incredible. Apart from Exeter and Saracens who are a little bit apart there is not much between Harlequins in third and the rest.
Paul Gustard has done a terrific job as Harlequins’ Director of Rugby. He is known as a defence coach and Harlequins have defended well this season.
They will also be able to select Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care who have not been playing for England.
We play them in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals at the end of March but our focus is on this week which is the start of a block of four Premiership games.
Ben Te’o’s availability

Ben has trained with us today and yesterday. England are due to announce a training squad for their match against Wales next week and the decision on Ben’s availability remains with England.
Josh Adams’ availability

Josh is available to play for us this weekend as it is a fallow week in the Six Nations. We gave Josh 48 hours to recover from Wales’ win in Italy but he trained fully today.

Francois Hougaard, Bryce Heem and Nick Schonert are all fit and have trained fully this week.
Michael Fatialofa has practised this week and is fine.
Jono Lance has practised this week but is probably another week away.
Jamie Shillcock is in a similar position to Jono Lance and is probably a week away although he has been training this week.
Perry Humphreys is probably two to three weeks away.

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