It was an explosive start to the Six Nations that had English hearts beating faster than for many a year. England sent out a serious message that will have found its way to the Southern Hemisphere as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ awaits us later this year! At times they were breath taking in their passion and precision, both majestic in attack and resolute in defence. Despite my flowing praise the penalty count was too high and on occasions a strong Ireland side threatened to take momentum but Eddie Jones’ eyes were smiling brightly.
In many ways the simplicity of England’s approach was its beauty, and the principles involved could be transferred to Yorkshire Two; hit the rucks hard, line speed, quick ball, tempo, belief and having a game plan and sticking to it, are all attributes that any side can display. Let’s hope this afternoon’s game contains all or some of them! This week we welcome Wheatley Hills, who join us in what can only be described as a relegation battle for the 1st XV. This will be a physical encounter and we have to display the determination to defy the risk of Yorkshire Three rugby!
The Club has greeted the news of Peter Fletcher’s appointment as Director of Rugby as a universally popular appointment. Fletch is a former First Team Captain and as a fellow of the front row society I know we are in safe hands. We also welcome Ian Hassall’s return from a short retirement to join Pete’s new team as Coaching Coordinator.
We are grateful to Ripon stalwarts Graeme Borchard and Nik Hill for sponsoring today’s game, your excellent support for the Club is appreciated by us. Do not forget that the Ripon Rugby Beer Festival is on 22nd June, and there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities for all, including sponsoring a barrel of ale for £120; if you are interested talk to me (someone has to) or ask behind the bar.