Forwards coach Steve Boden excited for the coming season19/08/2013
Jersey RFC's Forwards and Defence coach, Steve Boden, now in his second year with the Club having retired through injury last term to take on the coaching reins, is billing the coming season to be the club's most exciting yet and can't wait for the action to get underway.
The former Leeds, Hull Ionians and Doncaster Knights' hooker recently extended his contract with Jersey for another season and has no intentions of moving on as he attempts to build on the impressive forward unit established last season.
Boden is working alongside Director of Rugby Ben Harvey, Strength and Conditioning Coach Jake Aliker and Head Physiotherapist Julie Snow in a bid to have the team in the best possible shape for the beginning of the 2013/14 Greene King IPA Championship campaign.
Yorkshireman Boden said: "It's about settling in, bonding as a unit, learning the plans and most of all hard work. It's a job at the end of the day and I think we've got a group that realises when they can have a laugh and a joke, but when we step on the pitch or in the gym they're there to work.
"I've been really impressed with both the lads here last year and the new lads coming in, there is a far greater experience around and that certainly helps when it comes to professionalism, commitment and time on the paddock."
The first test for both the players and coaches arrives this Saturday in the shape of Aviva Premiership Champions Leicester Tigers. Although the match is billed as a pre-season friendly Boden insists as soon as you cross that white line it's a game of rugby with more than just pride on the line.
"It's a huge game for the Club; by the sounds of it Tigers' will have their first choice fifteen out and will be going out to destroy us. But mark my words we will be doing exactly the same. Last year was amazing, there's going to be a massive crowd and the atmosphere will be electric up here.
"Last year we were beaten 35-21 so it was far from being a mauling. Hopefully at the weekend we can do even better."
Written by Emma Glendening