Knights build up for Championship battle

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AT first sight, rugby-wise, things seem very quiet at Castle Park at the moment, but Brett Davey, our Director of Rugby, has completed the signing of his 27-man squad Although the names of two are being held back for a week or so at their request, we have put together an exciting mix of youth and experience.

However, behind the scenes, things are really gathering pace as plans are being put in place by Brett and his support team of coaches.

I have seen a copy of the fitness schedules that have been sent out to the players to get them ready for the high octane type of rugby that Brett wants the Knights to play, and it is frightening.

The Knights re-gather on Tuesday, June 14th and, unlike the previous regime under Lynn Howells, there will be no mid-July break – it is going to front on from day one until the first Championship game at the beginning of September.

Far from the days when my old friend Peter Waddington and myself dusted our boots off in mid-July and met for a pint to discuss training!

On the ground itself, Owen Evans, our groundsman, and Lee his assistant are hard at work getting the pitches ready for the coming season and, I have to admit, that I have never seen them looking so good.

It is widely acknowledged that we have one of the best pitches of all the Championship clubs and the two lads are certainly in no mood to let this reputation slip.

Although there is no rugby on at the moment, our clubhouse and stand suites are being kept busy with weddings, both civil and the more traditional reception.

Like our pitches, we enjoy an envious reputation for our facilities, food and competitiveness. I was down the other day and all of the rooms looked absolute pictures and we continue to receive letters of praise from various families who have held their events with us.