Competition Heats Up: Notes from Preseason
By Andrew Newman
Rugby United New York athletes assembled Monday afternoon for the start of the second week in their 2020 preseason camp. The team enjoyed a successful first week of camp that concluded Saturday afternoon after a physical intra-squad scrimmage. With less than a month until the Major League Rugby season begins, the training wheels are off and it is full speed ahead.
COMPETITION HEATS UP
Competition will be the theme of this preseason. An impressive recruitment cycle, coupled with a large contingent of the team returning, creates position battles across the field.
Among the additions are rookies Troy Lockyear and Rob Irimescu, both showing promise early in camp. JP Aguirre has added additional depth at center, creating a logjam in the midfield that will be one of the tightest position battles throughout the month.
TEAM RESPONDS WELL TO CHANGE IN COACHING STAFF
The impressive coaching ticket assembled by Head Coach Greg McWilliams has had an immediate impact on RUNY’s preseason camp thus far. The staff is highlighted by Forwards Coach Marty Veale and Ian Jones, a recently appointed asset to the team.
Jones will be overseeing RUNY’s strength and conditioning throughout the 2020 season. The players have responded well to the new coaches.
“Jonesy has us doing a lot of smart strength and conditioning work,” stated veteran flanker James Denise. “It’s also great working with Marty and his attention to detail.”
COACHING STAFF IMPLEMENTS NEW PLAYING SYSTEMS
Typically, any new coaching staff brings with it a new system, or playing style. That is no different for McWilliams, who has begun to implement the new systems RUNY will adopt for the 2020 season.
The players are excited about the change of style, hoping to add more flair to their attack and create more try scoring opportunities.
“Preseason has been tough so far,” Connor Wallace Sims told us. “We have been installing our new systems under pressure and fatigue. The backs and forwards have been working together, getting our shape right, as well as understanding each other’s roles on the field. I think people will enjoy watching how we play, I’m extremely excited.”
RUNY’s 2020 preseason camp continues tomorrow as the clock continues to tick towards the opening weekend matchup in Las Vegas.
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