Campion chasing third straight title
PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 September 2014
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Old boys begin London Two campaign
Following back-to-back title wins Campion make their bow in London Two North East against Saffron Walden at Cottons Park tomorrow (Saturday).
And coach Paul Larner sees no reason why the old boys cannot go higher.
James Jenkins has left for the United States, but Luke Tilly returns from playing in New Zealand and fellow prop Jake Hoggard could make his debut if the club have international clearance in time.
Larner said: “We’re looking forward to it. It’s is our first time at this level for several seasons.
“Pre-season has been excellent. We’re as fit and strong as we have ever been.
“We’re targeting our third consecutive league title and I appreciate our first game will have a large influence on whether that is possible.
“It’s a fantastic first fixture for us and we are looking forward to hosting one of the league’s best teams.
“Saffron are an excellent team that should have been promoted last year and I have no doubt they will be looking to make amends this year.”
Daniel Walshe captains the side, having scored nine tries from outside centre last season, with Oliver Waugh as his number two.
Stalwarts Stephen Canny, Dave Armstrong and Luke Maguire also return, but may miss early fixtures as they recover from injury.
Campion face local rivals Old Cooperians in their second fixture and Larner added: “We have also acquired some old boys returning from other local clubs that have been playing in London One that are going to prove great assets.
“We’re looking forward to our visit to Old Cooperians - our seventh league meeting in three years in three different leagues!
“It’s a great rivalry. They’re always a tough game so it is not an easy start to the league but all games seem to be tough.”
Campion have also entered the Intermediate Cup and host Chiswick on October 4, with Larner adding: “Hopefully with the extra six-seven first-team players we have acquired we can get a good run in the cup as well.
“How well we achieve will depend on the commitment of the whole squad but the early signs from pre-season have been very promising.”