Lawrence aiming for improvement in upcoming season
With Ealing Trailfinders into their fourth week of pre-season training hooker Rhys Lawrence is confident the roots are being laid for an improvement on their 2015-16 Greene King IPA Championship showing.
The Swansea-native captained the team in 10 of his 17 appearances and he is hopeful that the team has learned from the previous campaign to put things right this year by getting off on the right foot, starting with pre-season.
“We still had a honeymoon period in the first part of the season because of National 1 and winning that,” he said. “I think we have to go into it with a bit of an edge to us, hopefully a lot better than last year.
“It’s been going well, it’s been pretty tough as always but enjoyable, so as long as we’re improving, I think it will be a good pre-season.”
The 28-year-old Welshman joined from eventual champions Bristol in the summer of 2015 and he scored two tries during his debut season at Vallis Way.
His leadership and experience proved vital as the team avoided relegation back to National 1 and he is quick to admit that there is room for improvement.
“There’s loads to work on [personally] at the moment, working on weaknesses and the areas I need to work, fitness and strength,” he said.
The new championship season brings new faces to the fixture list in the form of two London rivals.
London Irish were relegated from the Aviva Premiership and they will join fellow exiles London Welsh and London Scottish. Richmond meanwhile join Athletic Ground co-tenants Scottish in the Championship after they won National 1.
“Local derby’s will bring in the crowd and extra numbers at our games,” he said. “There will be an edge, but we’re not really thinking that far ahead.”