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'Bears going through the gears' - Reed

Reed believes the Bears strong core of retained players combined with the five summer arrivals can be a recipe for success as they continue to prepare for the new season.

Bears Women are finishing their sixth week of pre-season and have been boosted by the game’s progression to stage 2 as the Premier 15s gears up to the start of the 2020/21 season. 

Strong foundations and new additions

“It’s great to just be back playing rugby. A lot of the girls have out in the hard graft over lockdown and doing bits they can, it’s an opportunity to see that hard work pay off on the field. We have got loads of new players that have come in as well, so it’s been good to get to know them as well. 

“We’ve got a really strong foundation of the squad from the group that were here last year, so it’s exciting to add some quality talent to come into the mix and work with the group that we already have. 

“We’re looking to build on the good things we have done over the last few seasons and come the first game we’ll be looking to fire on all cylinders.”

Exciting changes

“There are a few changes this season with Tom Lindsay coming on board as our attack coach, he worked with us last season but he has implemented some new stuff for us this year and it’ll be a bit of a learning curve. 

“We’re all going to have to learn how to play with new players and how they operate, what communication they need, what lines they run - everyone is still in that learning process, which will take time. 

Adapt and overcome

“In an honest reflection of last season we didn’t fire as well as a we could have on paper given the level of talent we have, so this year we’re looking to put in the hard graft now so when we get on the pitch we’re ready to go. 

“Everything you know about the teams from last year will be slightly different, which is the same case for us. It’s about putting in the work and doing analysis on the teams we will face but it’s also about who reacts and adapts best to the situation on the day. 

“There are new teams this year and new-look teams such as Exeter and Sale Sharks coming, which is great for the Premier 15s and a challenge that we’re going to relish. 


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