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Hopley: Moseley partnership can bear fruit this season

Tom Collins will be getting experience at Moseley this season ©© Getty Images

Rugby News Hopley: Moseley partnership can bear fruit this season

Academy coach Mark Hopley says that the dual registration partnership with Moseley will be important for both clubs this season.

Moseley flanker Olly Robinson wore the Saints’ colours in last Friday’s leg of the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby Sevens Series, with the west midlands club also providing wing Simon Hunt to the Saints Sevens coaches.

And when the Championship season gets underway the player flow will see several members of the Saints Senior Academy head up the M6 to Billesley Common to increase their first team experience.

Props Tom Warren, Adam Parkins and Danny Herriott, hooker Matt Williams, scrum-halves Ryan Glynn and Alex Day, fly half Will Hooley, centre Tom Stephenson and wing Tom Collins have all been earmarked to be dual registered with Moseley this season, and Hopley believes that they will all gain by playing in the Championship.

“We had around a dozen players turn out for Moseley at one point or another, and it worked well for both clubs,” he said. “The Championship is a very tough league to play and the Senior Academy youngsters who play in the competition will learn an awful lot about themselves as rugby players.

“This partnership works both ways, of course, and I’d like to thank Simon Hunt for his help coaching the team on Friday night, and for Olly Robinson for playing. It was a competitive evening in which we were very close to progressing through to the finals, losing two matches after the clock had gone down to zero. That was frustrating, and we’ll be looking to learn from that ahead of the World Club Sevens in a couple of weeks.

“But our partnership with Moseley is about looking to the long-term, and I’m sure we’ll see all our players develop immensely over the coming season.”

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