Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Experienced lock Collier up for the challenge at Plymouth Albion

Dan Collier

DAN COLLIER has no intention of giving up his Plymouth Albion shirt easily.

The 31-year-old was a key member of Albion’s side that won 22 of their 30 league matches last season, making 25 appearances and scoring three tries.

However, the arrival of Todd Prisk, Dan Williams, George Mills and Rupert Cooper has increased Albion’s options in the back two rows of the scrum, with Nile Dacres, Ed Holmes, Herbie Stupple and Cameron Thompson joining Collier in staying from last season.

Collier has played 120 minutes of pre-season action in the last week. He featured in the second half against Exmouth last Tuesday, as Albion won 62-5, and then played 80 minutes as Plymouth overcame the challenge of newly-promoted National Three South West outfit Camborne 43-12 on Sunday.

Royal Navy winger Seti Raumakita scored a hat-trick of tries for Albion against Camborne, with Devonport Services’ back Rhys Williams – one of a number of guest players, Mills and Jamie Salter also touching down for the home team.

“I’ve enjoyed the games very much,” said Collier.

“It’s looking promising for us. Obviously, there’s still a few creases that need ironing out, but it is slowly coming together.”

Collier, though, knows he is going to have to fight for his spot again this coming season.

“It is always good at the end of the day if you have more pressure on you because that means you have to keep your game up,” he said.

“But it does work both ways as it means there is also good cover for you.

“It’s going to be tough (to get a spot), but, hopefully, I will be more than up for the challenge again this year.”

Albion will continue their pre-season preparations on Thursday when they entertain Ivybridge at Brickfields.

The Bridgers were beaten 66-12 away at National Two South outfit Taunton on Saturday, but they are expected to be a lot stronger for Thursday night’s match.

Albion’s final pre-season fixture will be away at Redruth on August 27.

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