TOP BAR - Fixtures

Bristol fly-half Billy Searle desperate for Anglo-Welsh Cup chance

Bristol Rugby’s tough start to the new season means their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign has become vital according to fly-half Billy Searle, and the 20-year-old is hoping to catapult himself into the first team set-up.

Andy Robinson’s side have lost all seven of their domestic games so far this season, as well as both of their European Challenge Cup matches.

They face Worcester Warriors on Friday on the opening weekend of the Anglo-Welsh and Searle is desperate to be involved in a tournament renowned for giving young players a platform to shine.

The fly-half made his first start for the club in their 22-6 defeat to Bath Rugby in the Challenge Cup last month, and hopes that an impressive Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign will catch the eye of Robinson.

“I am trying to push up into the first team and take my opportunities when they come. Now the Anglo-Welsh Cup has started I am hoping to get involved with more games,” he said.

“I hope to play against Worcester and show off what I can do and then try and push my way into the Premiership side. That is what the Anglo-Welsh Cup is about for young guys.

“It is an opportunity for the whole club because we need to start gaining some momentum and so the games become more important.

“There is only so much you can do in training really and so it is games like this where you push your claim.”

Searle joined Bristol Rugby on a two-year contract from National League One side Plymouth Albion in April, and says his game has improved massively as a result.

He may have been on the losing side on his debut, but believes the team’s current situation is not a hindrance to young players trying to find their way.

“It is not easy to come into a struggling team but we are all working hard and I just have to come in and play my natural game, work hard and not focus too much on the situation we find ourselves in,” he added.

“I am really enjoying it here and the professional scene is doing a lot for my game. I am training every day and it is really helping my game management as a 10.

“Getting to train with Gavin Henson and Shane Geraghty does a lot for my game and I am trying to learn as much as I can from them.”

The Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend and for all the fixtures and details of the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

Latest News

Toby Flood starts for Newcastle Falcons against Rotherham Titans

Toby Flood makes the first start of his second spell at Newcastle Falcons on Saturday when they host Rotherham Titans…

Joe Marler commits to Harlequins until 2021

Harlequins is thrilled to announce today, Friday 18th August, that England and British and Irish Lions prop, Joe Marler, has…

Joe Marler

European fixtures to be released on Tuesday

The fixtures for the 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season will be announced on Tuesday, 22 August at 3.00pm…

Rokoduguni starts for Bath Rugby against Ospreys

Semesa Rokoduguni will make his first appearance of pre-season when Bath Rugby take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on…

Harlequins team to play Jersey Reds

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Jersey Reds in the final match of the 2017/18 pre-season campaign, at The…

Francis Saili

Stringer starts for Worcester Warriors at Birmingham Moseley

Summer signing Peter Stringer will get his first start for Warriors on Friday night as his side take on Birmingham…

London Irish name side for Ealing Trailfinders clash

London Irish have named a 30-man squad for this Friday’s pre-season clash with Ealing Trailfinders at Hazelwood (kick-off 7.30pm). The…

Gloucester Rugby announce line-ups for preseason friendly at Leinster

Gloucester Rugby will give game time to a number of their first team squad in Leinster on Friday evening as…

American rugby players and coaches to get once in a lifetime opportunity

Thirty American rugby players and coaches are being handed the chance of a lifetime to train in England with Premiership…

Stephen Myler: Northampton Saints ready to fight for the title

Stephen Myler is predicting the closest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and believes his Northampton Saints side will be right…

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal