Chiefs target a top four finish
TRURO Rugby Club start pre-season training on Tuesday with coach Phil Angove targeting a top four finish in Western Counties West next season.
Last season Truro finished sixth in the table, mainly down to their superb home record which saw them lose just one of their 13 games at St Clement Hill and that was to eventual champions North Petherton.
But on the road they managed just five victories, with the unavailability of key players because of Saturday morning work commitments not helping their cause. That situation frustrated Angove, who will again coach the side alongside Graham Whitmore, and expects all of last season's squad to stay at the city club.
He also hoping to recruit "four or five" new quality players.
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He said: "We have always been a generally young side but they all gained experience last season and will be the better for it."
Later next month Angove and Whitmore will be in South Africa with Truro School and the Cornish Pirates pair of Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle have agreed to take over coaching duties, something which has delighted the Truro coach.
He said: "It is brilliant news. I am sure it will be great for the players and will make training a bit special."
Former Cornwall and Redruth scrum-half Mark Richards, who missed several months last season because of injury, will again captain the side.
Truro's first competitive game is a home Cornwall Cup first round tie against Saltash on August 25 and their first league fixture sees them travel to Bude seven days later.
Off the field there has also been plenty going on and work on levelling the club's second team pitch has been completed and it is hoped to use it for games by October.
The club has also been awarded a £10,500 grant from SITA to bring in three-phase electric power to enable new training lights to be installed.
Players, old and new, should meet at the ground at 7pm on Tuesday and Phil Angove can be contacted on 0797 3965 123.
The Cornish Pirates have boosted their squad with the signing of Welsh centre Tom Riley from Newport Gwent Dragons.
The 27-year-old is the eighth new face at the club.