The James Grayson Blog
Anglo Welsh brings opportunities.
As I’m sure you could imagine its been a tough last month or so at Franklins Gardens for fans and players a like. After a rough start to the league, we hit our stride, winning four in a row and going unbeaten at home. Then came along Europe. Now Europe is a whole other beast, losing two out of two and finding a rather frustrated group after Clermont away, we turned back to the league. A chance to get back on the horse at home against what a lot of people were saying was a poor Wasps team, missing big game players. Unfortunately, that didn’t go to plan and with a lot of possession and territory, similarly to Clermont we came away with 0 points. Now we are here, The Anglo Welsh cup. The tournament best known for bringing young talent through, with the likes of Maro Itoje captaining Saracens to the trophy at the age of 20. This tournament gives a chance for first team boys returning from injury, lads who haven’t had as much game time as they’d have wished for and young boys showing they’re worth an opportunity to show what they can do.
For the Saints this will be a largely Wanderers side (second team) with a few boys who have played first team this year but haven’t played maybe as much as they’d hoped. A little bit on how the Wanderers have been going; we are unbeaten in the last year, with our last defeat coming away against Newcastle last year. We have a lot of experienced players in the team mixed with a lot of young boys. The likes of Ben Nutley, Sam Dickinson, James Craig and Tom Stephenson all playing near 50 first team games. Then boys like George Furbank, Tom Emery, Rory Hutchinson and myself, all trying to break through and prove a point. This gives our group of players a great balance to the squad. That mixed in with a few boys staying with us for the Anglo Welsh, like Cobus Reinach, Christian Day and Stephen Myler gives us a massive boost of experience and knowledge. Hopefully we can travel down to Exeter and come away with some points. The week hasn’t really changed in terms of training, although instead of having to attack like Exeter against the first team this week, we have been able to have a crack on the other side.
This has been a very positive week for me personally away from rugby, as I have managed to sort out my study programme with the help of Jason at OCM Wealth Management. This means I can crack on learning about investment principles and risk, and eventually take my exams. A real step in the right direction for life after rugby for myself.
Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week.