PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks are pleased they are still attracting new players to their club, even though league rugby will not return until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Oaks have added prop Sean Dunn from Devonport Services to their Cornwall/Devon League squad and have also signed new players Jay Warren and Aaron King.
“It is a shame that there are no league games, but it is good that we are getting some new faces through the door,” said Oaks player-coach Aiden Taylor.
“Sean is a mega signing for us. He is a serious talent. Every time he gets the ball he makes things happen.
“He’s a top prop and we are lucky that we have got him. We should have a strong front-row when we get to play again.
“We have also signed two complete newbies to rugby – Jay Warren and Aaron King. They are Tom Richards’ mates. Jay is going to be a second-rower and Aaron will probably play somewhere in the backs, maybe wing.
“They are loving it and have been to every session. They have played other sports before and they have picked it up pretty quickly and are enjoying themselves, which is the main thing.”
He added: “If you are a complete novice to rugby then this is the perfect time to get involved.
“Jay and Aaron have got stuck straight in. At the moment we are just enjoying ourselves playing some touch rugby.
“We had a little touch tournament with the colts and Saltash at the weekend. That’s all you can really do at the moment. It was enjoyable, but obviously it’s not what you really want.”
Taylor is unsure if there will be any regular league rugby this season due to Covid-19. The RFU have said there will not be any games until at least January and even then it could be adapted rugby like the women’s Premier XV are currently trying out.
“I’m not sure we will get any proper games,” admitted Taylor.
“Really, as a club you just have to survive and try and plan for the season after. I think that is what most clubs will be doing.
“It is just about trying to keep the lads together.
“We have gone to just one training session a week and numbers have been really good.
“It is just having that routine. If you get out of that routine then you will lose some players.”
Oaks have been pushing for promotion out of the Cornwall/Devon League for the last few seasons and they do not want to lose their momentum.
“We were really looking forward to this season because I think we have the best squad we have had in a very long time,” said Taylor.
“If you put the brakes on then you don’t know what is going to happen when the season does start. But everyone is in the same boat. You just have to try and keep the lads together and keep some sort of interest because rugby will return eventually – it’s just a case of when.”