Summer training at London Irish sees additions to the squad

Summer training at London Irish sees additions to the squad

It has been a summer of peaceful relaxation mixed with sheer and utter chaos.

The first part came with a family holiday in Cyprus and a boys’ holiday in New York.

It was lovely to escape rugby for a while and spend quality time with my family and frineds after a tough season with London Irish.

The chaos came with our house move when we got back. It’s an oldish house we are moving into and there is plenty of things that need doing to it.

There are loads of my dad's old tools still in my mum's garage and, every time i fix something, I vow that I will go over and nick some of them...but I never do.

So every time, I am left with the dregs of my own tools and try to make the best of a bad job.

You know what they say about bad workmen...

It’s nice to be settled in a house of our own now though and my little lad has a garden to run a round in so he is as happy as Larry.

At the club meanwhile, we have already been back in training for what seems like an eternity.

There are plenty of new faces there. Not many of them are ‘big names’ but there are lots of guys who, I imagine, will have points to prove this season and that can be a potent mix for a side that is hungry to win things.

We have lots of new boys who have struggled to get game time at Premiership clubs or who are coming up from the Championship wanting to make their mark.

There are guys like back Myles Dorrian from Exeter and No.8 Blair Cowan from Worcester and boys like Matt Parr and Nic Rouse who have come in from Nottingham.

Everyone is keen to get fit and are buying into the club’s ethos.

There are also some boys from my old club, Leicester who have joined us and will get some good game time here.

The likes of winger Alex Lewington, hooker Jimmy Stevens and prop Jonny Harris will all come here looking to impress when they get a chance.

I take my hat off to those guys. It will have been hard to agree a move from a club with some of the best facilities in Europe. But sometimes, you have to go where you know you can play rugby and those boys have found it very hard to get game time at Leicester, since progressing through the junior ranks, with the competition in that squad.

They, like the rest of the boys, have been getting their heads down so far and we are in a good place as pre-season draws ever closer.

Be ready for the new season with all games free to BT Broadband customers, and sign up before 31st July and get upto £60 to spend at Sainsburys too:


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