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Kilkenny RFC seniors squad pre-season training is progressing well. Player numbers have remained consistent with some players yet to return and others minding some knocks and niggling injuries. Fitness coach Eddie Sheehan, of ESfitness.ie, remarks that the players’ enthusiasm, work rate and fitness levels have increased noticeably over the last few weeks.

Manager Pakey Henebry is pleased to observe that following specialist training for backs and forwards the individuals recombine well and that the squad system is developing according to plan.

Straight talking head coach Pat McDonald is noticeably reluctant to comment on final team selections until he reviews the players in a more competitive and physically abrasive setting. As such, there are obviously places up for grabs, players have till the 29th of August, this season’s first competitive game, to impress the coaches and promote themselves for first choice selection.

Pat has further organised additional training sessions in order to introduce more organisation and structure in set pieces, rucking and mauling. Forwards coach Lee Selmon urges the players to remember the importance of set piece play. In particular, Lee suggests that games are lost and won in these areas and that concentration levels, situational awareness and communication allied with sound technical skills and attitude in both scrums and lineouts is of paramount importance.

The 1sts and 2nds first competitive game against Enniscorthy, in the South East league, is fast approaching. This fixture is scheduled to be played away, at the Ross Road grounds in Enniscorthy, and is expected to be a highly competitive and bruising encounter. The coaching and management team are realistic, pragmatic and keenly aware of Enniscorthy’s record in the South East league last season and what will be required to gain an away win.

They have a healthy respect for Enniscorthy, from previous seasons, but are far for intimidated.

This relatively young squad of players are keen to impress and are relishing the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and skills in match play. The squad’s enthusiasm, positive attitude and commitment are developing momentum and promise much for the coming season.

Players are reminded that they must be registered to play with Kilkenny before playing in any of the various competitions. Registration and transfer forms are available from 1sts manager Pakey Henebry (086 279 6811) and on www.kilkennyrugby.com

Training is Thursday next at 7.30pm

The South East League 2009/10 Final, Enniscorthy Vs Rathdrum is to be played in Rathdrum on Saturday 21 st August at 5.30pm.

WontPlayLoosehead, August 2010