A Fresh Start
For Bath’s new coaches and players a season opener at Franklin’s Gardens is about as testing as they come. Victories over Northampton have been rare for years and the last Bath away win in the series was sixteen years ago. Saturday’s clash will be a Premiership eye opener for Blackadder and Matson while offering a fresh start for a squad smarting from last year’s failures.
John Kingston’s Premiership Roadmap 2016-17
New season, new management. Although there’s only one totally new face in the Quins’ backroom staff this season, most of the other coaches have changed roles. John Kingston has stepped up to Director of Rugby, promising to bring a little more structure to our play in our own red zone, something that was sorely lacking last season. Mark Mapletoft steps up to the role of Head Coach, and the coaching team is supplemented by Graham Rowntree as Forwards Coach, and Nick Easter, hanging up his boots after over 150 years as a player to concentrate full time on defence coaching. Pre-season has been patchy, but then the Quins pre-season often is. So what can we expect from the new season?
Prediction League 15/16: Results
Before we get this season's prediction league going, let's look back and see who won the last one...
LET'S DO HALF
London Double Header: Saracens vs Worcester Warriors and Harlequins vs Bristol Saturday 3 September Twickenham Stadium Saracens return to the scene of their title retention as the double winners face the side they finished the regular league season against. Indeed, this is the second campaign in a row that they will face Worcester at HQ, following last year's thumping bonus point win in November, which really highlighted the strength in depth of Saracens squad.
It's the final countdown!
The Tykes saw off the Lions at Rudding Park this weekend in the last of three pre-season friendly matches. Now it is less than a week until the main event. The start of another Championship season.
Whats new at Brickfields?
Out with the Old and in with the New, the old decking for the supporters marquee is no more with it being stripped away to make room for a brand new walkway which will give a much better foothold for all. It's great to see this work being done as it is badly needed.
Team News for Pre-season Triple-Header
Courtesy of John Wilkinson and the official site, team news for tomorrow's friendlies at the Butts is as follows...
Premiership Fixtures 2016 -2017
France to Spain to France to Spain all in a weekend
Continuing our series of keep-the-board-alive-until-the-rugby-starts-again, wrinklieshark remembers a trip to the Basque region...
Game Of Two Halves
Glasgow arrive on Friday night for the final warm-up game before the season starts in earnest. Normally at this stage the team which takes to the pitch is getting close to the one the coaches want to start the first league game - but not this time.