We are delighted tor report that the 1st XV skipper, Ben Gregory, and Vice-captain David Fairbrother have both signed up for the Club’s 2021-22 season in National Two (North). They were appointed a year ago but we know what happened then …
This has been a very frustrating year for all rugby players. Following the premature cancellation of our Centenary season in March 2020, the Covid-19 restrictions have prevented all but a series of training sessions last summer. So we’re going to find out how the 1st XV squad members spent the last year. Here are Ben’s and Fairy’s accounts. More to follow in the coming days.
Skipper Ben Gregory
“It’s been a interesting year without rugby. However, it’s not been all bad. Within the last year I’ve been able to complete my degree (in Business & Management at UCLan) which has been a tough slog over the past four years but I got there at the end.
“During the year the Covid-19 restrictions have meant that we have only had a few sessions at the Woodlands. Therefore, I’ve had to get out on the roads doing some running. A lot of the lads have got involved on the Strava* and been maintaining some sort of fitness so I’ve been challenging myself to get out as much as I can, whether walking or running.
“I’m looking forward to being back this year for the 2021-22 season. It’s been a massive loss for everyone but it won’t be too long until we’re all back at the Club and the season is in full flow.”
* Strava is an internet service for tracking human exercise which incorporates social network features.
Vice-captain David Fairbrother
“I’ve started building my company, Commandorugbyschool, and managed to get contracts with a few local schools. I’ve also branched out to establish summer camps in London, Cambridge and Bristol. I’m delighted that these are proving very successful! My company is growing massively and I’ve worked hard and achieved this from having a vision and following my dreams.
“One setback was that I was due to travel to America with my work but due to Covid-19 it was all cancelled. The silver lining of this and the pandemic generally was that I’ve been working steadily from home.
“This has meant that I’ve spent a lot of time with my kids. This has been amazing as I’ve never had the chance to do this before due to work. So I’m blessed to have been able to see my children grow up given that the job I’m in you don’t get that opportunity.
“I’ve recently had an operation on my knee and can’t wait for the new season!”