Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Plymouth Albion looking for the right pre-season fixtures

brickfieldsAS WELL as trying to put together a competitive squad for life in National One, Plymouth Albion are also busy attempting to find the right pre-season matches.

Director of rugby Graham Dawe confirmed that compiling a list of warm-up games is just one of a number of things the club are currently working on.

“We are looking at everything at the moment,” said Dawe. “It would be nice to get some pre-season games in the book.”

This year it might be harder for teams to find pre-season matches due to the World Cup and the fact that many Premiership clubs have decided to play each other in regional warm-up competitions.

However, at the moment, Dawe’s main priority to assembling a new playing squad following Albion’s relegation from the Championship.

Supporters have been asked to be patient as the club try to get themselves sorted following their much-publicised problems in 2014/15 and the loss of their central funding.

“We are just working towards solutions and piecing together a potential squad,” said Dawe.

“Every day takes you further down the line and closer to the start of the season.”

Meanwhile, it does look like Albion will be playing Cinderford next season after all.

Old Albanian, who finished one point behind Cinderford and in the final relegation spot, appealed a decision to deduct them five points for fielding two ineligible players at the end of January.

However, their appeal was dismissed by the National Clubs’ Association, but Old Albanian, who recently re-appointed former Albion boss James Shanahan as their coach, are considering taking the case to the RFU. They have 14 days to appeal.

A Old Albanian spokesman said: “We’re disappointed but the option to appeal to the RFU is open and is being considered strongly at this point in time.”

As well as coaching Old Albanian, Shanahan has also returned to his role as Cambridge University first-team coach.


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