Islanders set for tough training camp in France05/09/2013
There are now only two weeks to go before the Greene King IPA Championship starts with Jersey's first battle against Plymouth Albion live on Sky Sports, and the team are planning the 2013/14 campaign to be the most exciting yet.
As preparations step up another gear with the excitement almost tangible for the big double header kick off approaching quickly the Jersey lads yesterday set off for their final pre-season training camp in France. The trip is hoped to help fine tune skills, game plans and team play ahead of the new season, whilst the boys may also have extensive time to bond ahead of a hectic campaign. The short break will culminate in a fixture against local side Le Rheu on Friday evening.
While last Saturday heralded a win for Jersey over Coventry, Director of Rugby Ben Harvey feels that the result wasn't as important as the progress in performance and that a lot has been learnt from both pre-season fixtures.
Harvey said: "We were a bit disappointed that we didn't get as focused for Coventry as we should have done, but some of the performances were very good and there were bits and pieces that were a big improvement from the week before.
"The young lads came off the bench and did well which we thought was great. There were patches in the first half that were really good, but overall it was just a pre-season game that we won."
Reflecting on the days ahead in training camp in France and the next fixture at hand, Harvey added:
"They're going to be training very hard because they have a tough fixture around the corner with Plymouth, before back to back home fixtures with Bedford and Bristol.
"We just can't wait to get on with the season now. It's tough to know exactly where you are in pre-season or predict where that leaves you for the campaign, but I'm more than happy with the unit we have. Plymouth are a good outfit and with a new coach you never know what new ideas they'll have.
"We need to be at our best at all times in every single minute of the match, but for now our focus lies with putting in a massive shift in this training camp and getting the lads in the best shape possible to compete in the Championship this season."