The James Grayson Blog

Block one of Pre Season

After just over 3 weeks since the World Cup in the south of France it is back to work for myself and the rest of the Saints boys. Back to work at this time of year, means a lot of early mornings running up hills, lifting weights and getting up to speed with all the new plays and calls for the coming year. Like any team a new year brings new faces, and this year there is a lot of new faces at the Gardens. A few big names like Dan Biggar and James Haskell have been in training and have been impressive. Personally I have spent quite a bit of time with Dan, practicing kicking and generally talking rugby. As a young fly half myself, what a player for me to learn off!

The atmosphere around the club at the moment is brilliant. All the boys are putting in the hard work and the general feeling around the club is one of very much positive and excitement for the upcoming season and seeing what this new group can do together. In terms of new coaches; attack coach Sam Vesty has come in and he is someone who I am enjoying working with. There is a big focus on skills and not being afraid to try things, which a lot of boys are enjoying!

Some of the boys have been in for 7 weeks now, unlike myself who has only been in for 3 due to the World Cup. As you could imagine after 7 weeks of fitness testing and hill sprints a lot of boys are ready to start pre season games and are itching to show the new coaching staff what they can do. Over the weekend it was the Premiership rugby 7’s weekend which was held at Northampton saints. It was a good opportunity for lots of young boys to get out there and have a hit out in front of our home crowd. On Friday evening the boys played against Gloucester and won 22-20 and then played wasps at the end of the night and suffered a heavy loss. Even though we lost to wasps we qualified for the quarter finals and would play the following afternoon. 7’s is a strange game and anything can happen, funnily enough we pulled wasps again for the quarter final and it was a chance to get some redemption. The boys started brilliantly and went into the break all square. Unfortunately they couldn’t quite hold on and fell just short losing 17-10. This was a much better showing than the previous evening, and even though we lost there were a lot of positives to take from this. Wasps went on to be runners up for the tournament so clearly were a very strong team.

As a group we have got a week off to give our bodies a rest and then we will fly into pre season games in August. Something I am personally looking forward to massively. Its an exciting time to be a saints player with a fresh group and a new outlook on the game.

Thank you for all your support. Have a great week.

James