Head Coach Warren Spragg has finalised the Club’s pre-season games ahead of the opening National One match of the campaign, v Cambridge at the Woodlands on Saturday, 2nd September.
Fylde will travel to Park Lane to take on old friends and rivals Sedgley Tigers on Saturday, 19th August (ko 15.00). Spragg is likely to take an extended squad of up to 28 players so as to give as many as possible the opportunity to put their hands up for a starting place against Cambridge.
Fylde Hawks welcome Aspatria to the Woodlands on the 19th August for their pre-season run out. The Cumbrians’ Head Coach is former Fylde favourite, playmaking fly-half Mike Scott.
A week later, ambitious National Two (South) club Bury St Edmunds make their first ever visit to the Woodlands (ko 14.30 or 15.00, tbc). This will be a conventional 80 minutes format.
BSE, Suffolk’s leading club who go under the collective sobriquet of ‘the Wolfpack’, are an ambitious outfit who have steadily climbed the league structure, from regional feeder divisions through to National Two (South) in 2015-16, and have their collectives eyes on reaching the Championship in due course. They finished a very meritorious 7th in their first season in N2S and were 11th last season.
Their Performance Director is Terry Hands and Head Coach is Jon Clarke. A high profile arrival, a clear showing of their ambition, is former Ireland international centre and highly experienced Birmingham Moseley coach Kevin Maggs who becomes their Pro-Am Rugby Director. Like Fylde, they have built a competitive squad with a mix of local players and others recruited from other parts of the UK and abroad. This will include in 2017-18 three Italian players – hooker Federico Silvestri, tight-head prop Daniele Greco and fly-half Luca Merolle. Other newcomers include back row forward Tui Uri (ex-Ipswich RFC) and former Ireland U’18s no 8 Yasin Browne (ex-Olympique de Besanco in France, Cork Constitution RFC and Belfast RFC).
“They will provide formidable opposition, just what we require ahead of the new league season” said Warren Spragg.