Rugby Union: Show desire, says Richmond

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Dan Richmond, the Sheffield Tigers director of rugby, wants the players he calls up to the first team this weekend to give a good account of themselves and to show hunger and desire to cement a starting spot.

The former Northampton Saints hooker had claimed earlier in the week that the Tigers would be giving an opportunity to some of the players from the Stingers squad who have excelled in the early weeks of the season.

The Stingers squad have won both of their opening two games of the new season, and Richmond wants the players he calls upon from that squad to replicate their form for the first team - to help arrest a run of three straight defeats - when they face Chester this weekend.

Chester, who were promoted as champions last season from National 3 North, have won all three of their opening games and will travel to Dore Moor looking to avenge the 16-14 play-off defeat they suffered against the Tigers at the end of the 2010/11 season.

Richmond understandably kept his cards close to his chest, but admitted there are a few players from the Stingers team who have impressed since he took control in the summer.

“I have been impressed with the attitude of the whole squad since I have taken over.” Richmond told Grass Roots.

“It is important though to give everyone a chance.

“We were in control against Sedgley and we let the game go. It is a big week for the club, and the players who come in need to show a hunger and a pace that teams wont be able to handle.

“The first four or five weeks are about finding out what is your strongest line up as well as getting up to speed.

“Chester will be feeling good about themselves, but now is the time to concentrate on what we are good at, and if we do that, we can cause anyone problems.”