Promoted Green and Whites in good shape ahead of new season

Horsham celebrate last season's title success
Horsham celebrate last season's title success

Horsham have now almost completed their 2015-16 pre-season planning following promotion to London South East Division 2.

In a successful season for the Green and Whites, their second XV, known as the Lions, were also been promoted to Sussex Division 1.

Last year’s coaching team remains in place, headed by Nick Stocker, assisted by forwards coach Barry Hillicks and backs coach Richard Bell.

Pre-season games have been arranged over the next few weeks away to Dorking 2nd XV on Saturday and then at home to Cobham on September 5.

Stocker said: “Training has been well attended and in pre-season we have concentrated on both individual skills and team cohesion and the players have responded well.

“We will have added strength in depth from a combination of either players returning to the club, or joining for the first time having played higher league rugby.

“We have retained the players we had and also hope to add still further to the squad over the next few weeks.”

The first competitive match is at home to Ashford on September 12 in the first round of the Intermediate Cup, and then league action commences on September 18 away to Tunbridge Wells who are one of the promotion favourites.

Stocker added: “There is a real momentum about the club at the moment. We are an ambitious club and the new faces coupled with the excitement of the top two sides playing in higher leagues mirrors the positive environment off the field, and we look well placed for a memorable season.”

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