Challenging start ahead for Scully

SETTING THE PACE: Sudbury Rugby Club players had a demanding first pre-season training session at Whittome Field on Saturday

SETTING THE PACE: Sudbury Rugby Club players had a demanding first pre-season training session at Whittome Field on Saturday

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Sudbury Rugby Club have been handed a tough start to the season, with three of their first four games away. But it’s a challenge new coach Ben Scully welcomes.

The London League One North campaign starts at Saffron Walden on September 3. Walden were promoted as champions of Division Two North East last season, with runners-up Sudbury being promoted with them via the play-offs.

“It’s a good first challenge, a team we know,” said Scully. “The boys have a bit of history with them from last season – one game going for us and one against us.”

Sudbury, who held their first pre-season training session on Saturday, are home to North Walsham on September 10, but then travel to Old Priorians and Chelmsford for their next two fixtures.

“We set some goals today what we want to do with the season, and it’s important we start the season strongly,” said Scully.

“If we get a couple of wins on the road that builds confidence, sets our stall out, puts us on the map, and gets people realising that we are, I hope, going to be a powerhouse this year.”

He had 28 players for the first training session, which included a few of the club’s under-18s.

“It was a good start, and those numbers will build. The boys have worked phenomenally hard. I made it a tough session, and they reacted really well,” he added.

“If they can train like that through the rest of pre-season we are going to be an incredibly fit team.

“We aim to be the fittest and fastest team in the league.”

Scully, who took over from Graham Richards at the end of May, the latter having left the club after four successful seasons, has been busy in the few weeks following his appointment.

“I’ve been liaising with (chairman) Bob Waller to plan the season, and with Dan Taylor, the strength and conditioning coach to set up gym sessions,” he said.

“The boys have responded to that well. There has been a lot of activity in the gym, preparing hard before today.

“On top of the gym work a lot of the boys have been playing sevens, and in the touch tournament at the club. They have come into training in really good physical condition.”