PLYMOUTH ALBION RFC Winning Combination

Plymouth Albion RFC logoPlymouth Albion RFC are working hard to improve relationships with the city’s Combination clubs.

Albion have been in contact with all the Plymouth Combination clubs offering coaching and the chance to play games at Brickfields.

Tamar Saracens RFC, Old Technicians RFC and Devonport High School Old Boys RFC played pre-season matches at Brickfields and tomorrow Devonport Services RFC and Ivybridge RFC under 11s will meet in a 1230 curtain-raiser ahead of Albion’s National League One match against Cinderford which kicks off at 1400.

Albion director of rugby Graham Dawe said: “As the city’s senior club it is important we have good relationships with the other clubs in the region.

“I think they enjoy us going in and our players also get a lot out of it as well.

“It is about trying to help Plymouth rugby be successful at all levels.

“Some of our players have come through these clubs and so they know how important they are.”

Albion players have been lending a helping hand - with advice or coaching - at DHSOB RFC, Services, Ivybridge, Plymstock Albion Oaks RFC, Plymouth Argaum RFC, Tamar Saracens, University of Plymouth RFC and the University of St Mark and St John RFC.

Albion lock Dan Collier coached at Tamar Saracens this week. Saracens coach and former Albion player Stuart Busfield said: “It’s a real pleasure to have an Albion first team player come down to share his skills and, more importantly, his experience.

“Dan really added to our session and all of the guys thoroughly enjoyed having him around. We are now looking forward to him supporting us throughout the season.

“I think he was also fairly surprised at the level we were at. He had some really positive things to say about us and the way we were doing things, which was really pleasing.”

Plymouth Argaum director of rugby Dave Sansom said: “It’s always good to have different voices and a different view point.

“If it is you just week-in, week-out, players can lose a bit of interest, so it’s nice to have as many people as you can get come in during the season.

“We’ve had Marc Koteczky, Gregory Sebastien and James Penman come in and they’ve been extremely good. I also try and get Graham Dawe to come three or four times a season. It’s just a matter of picking up some knowledge from them.”

• Clubs interested in Albion’s coaching programme can contact team manager Simon Hicklin on 07764 152111.

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