Scully: players can earn themselves a rest
Henry Cowling is leaving Sudbury Rugby Club to join Shelford, writes Ken Watkins.
The number 8, part of last season’s promotion-winning squad, announced his departure to his team-mates on Saturday as pre-season training started.
“He wants to go and chance his arm at National League rugby,” said head coach Ben Scully. “It’s a loss for us, but an opportunity for someone else.
“As a coach you always want to see players move on because you’ve done your part in pushing them and making them better players. I’ve done my job and I’m happy about that. Good luck to him.”
Cowling is the only departure from the squad which bounced back to London League Division One North at the first attempt. Ex-players Will Ponty and Toby White are back from university, with the latter available until Christmas.
Two players from Mersea are joining – Dan Harding, who plays at 12 or 13 and was coached by Scully at Eastern Counties, and back rower Adam Randall. Scully is also in talks with other players.
Thirty-eight reported for training on Saturday, including some of Colts. “I like training in the heat,” said Scully. “You get better fitness adaptations. Today they are training in 28 degrees. If they can work hard in that, as we get fitter towards the start of the season it will become a lot easier.
“If the boys work hard I’ve told them we’ll give them a rest week, or have a down week in the middle of pre-season.
“We’ve got a team building event on July 21. We are going paintballing. We’ve got some other ideas that will keep them fresh in their minds. A few surprises in the pipeline to make sure it’s not rugby all the time in training.”
Sudbury are currently training on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the first pre-season match is home to Thurrock on Saturday, August 11.
A squad of 30 will be involved, with the match being played over four periods of 20 minutes.
“I think we are in a better place mentally than two years ago," said Scully.
“Our skillset is better and, if we continue as we have started today, our fitness will be as good as ever.”