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Two-try Purdy on an upward curve for Gloucester Rugby

Henry Purdy admits he has been frustrated by a lack of Aviva Premiership Rugby game time this season but acknowledged he is still in a better position than most his age.

Purdy has only had one start and two substitute outings during the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign, having scored seven tries in 16 matches last year.

But the winger’s two tries against Worcester Warriors in the European Challenge Cup on Thursday made it three in as many matches in that competition this season.

And at just 21 years old, Purdy recognises the importance of perspective when having to bide his time in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

“I am mostly happy with how I am going this season,” the former Leicester Tiger said.

“I have been frustrated in a couple of games due to limited or no time from the bench but I can’t be too negative about that because there are boys in my position and at similar stages of their careers that are not on the bench in the Premiership.

“So I am happy that I am in the mix and there or thereabouts and getting opportunities in Europe and on a couple of times earlier in the Premiership season.

“I just want to kick on now, keep improving my game and try to get some more starts.”
Gloucester currently top Pool 4 of the European Challenge Cup ahead of another game with fellow Aviva Premiership Rugby side Worcester on Thursday.

The Cherry and Whites won the competition last season and Purdy stressed: “We definitely want to retain the title. That is the mindset among all the boys and the coaching staff.

“We enjoyed playing in it last year, it is a good competition and a team with aspirations going forward have to look at winning this competition as an achievable goal.

“In some ways playing in Europe can benefit your domestic campaign as well.

“It gives you a chance to play a few people who have not had much game time in the Premiership and equally it provides you with a chance to give some of the regulars a rest.

“It is an opportunity to try new combinations as well because in the group stage of European rugby it is not as high in stakes as the Premiership.

“And getting wins away in France and Italy – like we did last year – is really good for morale and for building character. I think a strong European campaign benefits you massively domestically.”

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