New Redruth head coach Morcom ready for pre-season action
Redruth will step up their preparations for the new National Two South season, which kicks off in just over four weeks, when they entertain local rivals Camborne at the Recreation Ground today (3pm).
It will be Ashley Morcom's first game since taking over from Adrian Edwards as head coach, and the 31-year-old cannot wait.
He said: "We've been training since July 2 and the boys just want to get out there on to the pitch now.
"Things have been going really well, I'm really enjoying my role, but like everybody else I just want to get some games in for us now."
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Edwards, who guided the club to a fourth placed finish last season, is remaining at the club as director of rugby. But it will be Morcom who will spearhead Redruth's campaign.
Following some astute signings this summer, most notably Rhodri McAtee as player-coach, and Ashley Lawton from Camborne, hopes are high for another good season.
Sensibly, Morcom is making no bold statements ahead of the campaign, which kicks off with the visit of Cambridge on September 7.
He said: "I want us to better ourselves, but not necessarily in terms of league positions. I want us to improve away from home and it would be nice to see us build a good run at home."
The only senior player not returning to Redruth next season is Lewis Vinnicombe, who Morcom revealed is taking a year out of the game.
After missing out on promotion to the national leagues last season in the play-offs, Camborne will be hoping to go one better this season when they open their South West One West season at home to Wadebridge Camels on September 7.
Prop Malcolm Hearn broke his arm and is likely to miss the first couple of weeks of the new season, while utility back Shane Woods and back rower Ryan Spargo have returned to the club, as has prop Leigh Hocking from Truro.
The club have also signed up the youngest of the Matavesi brothers, 17-year-old Joel, who is a utility back.
Cornish All Blacks continue their pre season preparation by hosting a triangular competition today at Polson Bridge against Cornish Pirates and St Austell. Each of the three matches will be for a duration of 30 minutes.
First up at 3pm is Championship side Pirates against St Austell, of South West One West. The Pirates are back on at 3.30pm to take on their National two South hosts, and the north Cornwall side complete proceedings at 4pm against St Austell.
Former Cornish Pirates, Mounts Bay and Cornish All Blacks wing Richard Bright has signed for National Two newcomers Exmouth, where he played as a junior.
Exmouth head coach Jon Hill said: "It is absolutely fabulous to have Richard back at his hometown club, having spent the past few years playing Championship and National League rugby.
"He has a huge amount of experience for someone who is still in his prime, and we hope he can continue to be a try-scorer for us in our debut National Two season."