Fixtures - Top Bar

Ross ready to help London Welsh both on and off the field

London Welsh assistant coach Gordon Ross is happy to be on standby to lace up the boots again this weekend, although the fly-half insists it’s team performances rather than personal statistics that are really occupying his mind.

The 36-year-old former Scotland international had been expected to take a back seat from playing duties this season to instead focus on his role as assistant coach for the Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby.

But with a crippling injury list, including fly halves Olly Barkley and Tristan Roberts both being sidelined, the call was made to Ross to make his first Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance of the season in their 26-5 loss to Leicester Tigers.

Ross produced a man-of-the-match performance in the second leg of the Exiles’ play-off final win over Bristol last June to ensure his side returned to playing Aviva Premiership Rugby at the first time of asking.

And while insisting there was plenty of room for personal improvement from his 67-minute long outing last weekend, Ross knows the whole team needs to keep plugging away as they go in search of their first league win of the season.

“I’m not feeling too bad to be fair after the weekend. It was not as physical as I was expecting,” said Ross, who made his first Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance in 18 months against Leicester Tigers.

“It was frustrating that I put in a few mistakes that I wouldn’t usually do but that was just a bit of rustiness.

“I really enjoyed getting out there playing again and the spirit in the team is clearly still strong.

“I try not to speak to the physios early in the week and just let them get on with it. Obviously it was not great last week with injuries so we will see how things progress this week and whether I’m needed again. I am loving doing the coaching side of things this year though.

“I do remember saying ahead of the season we need to focus on finishing inside the top 11. We are not going to go out there and win every game, that’s clear enough.

“But there are improvements we can make, there were a couple last weekend and if we can continue that, then hopefully we can look to push a little higher.”

While Ross’ appearance could not bring an end to their eight-match losing streak in the league, the scoreboard did at least make for better reading following their heavy 71-7 defeat to London Wasps the weekend before.

And Ross admits they must wipe out the sloppy errors if they want to finally be on the winning side.

“We were 5-5 after 39 minutes but we were not very accurate in the first half and ultimately that cost us. We need to try and cut them out,” he added.

“As a team, we made too many mistakes. I’m not saying we should have beaten Leicester but we should have put them under more pressure. We need to try and get those mistakes out of our system.

“What was encouraging though was that we had a tough time the week before at Wasps but the coaches did very well to get us back out there.”

This Christmas, Premiership Rugby is offering fans a special gift with selected tickets for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Click here to find out about this limited offer.

Latest News

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Six Nations and Aviva Premiership action

It's the third round of matches in the Six Nations Championship this weekend, while action also continues in the Aviva…

Twickenham Stoop

England team to face Italy at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off…

Saints eleven pen new deals

Northampton Saints has today announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad. Three of the more experienced players,…

Luther Burrell

Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry &…

Bath Rugby surpass 40,000 ticket sales for The Clash

Bath Rugby is thrilled to confirm that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for The Clash, when they will take…

Bath Rugby

Evans determined for a Harlequins top-six finish

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans is determined to drive Harlequins to a top-six finish as the Aviva Premiership Rugby season reaches…

We’ll expect a physical test against Saints, says Worcester’s Ben Howard

Ben Howard is expecting a big, physical battle when his Worcester Warriors side face Northampton Saints on Saturday. Full-back Howard,…

Evans and Lambert return to the starting line-up for the visit of Leicester Tigers

Harlequins has announced the team to play Leicester Tigers in Round 15 of the Aviva Premiership tomorrow at The Stoop,…

Nick Evans

Leicester Tigers team news ahead of Aviva Premiership trip to The Stoop

Lachlan McCaffrey and Peter Betham return to the Leicester Tigers team for Friday's Aviva Premiership Round 16 fixture away to…

Peter Betham