Goode Premiership Preview

Worcester Warriors' Andy Goode rugby blog

Everyone expects London Welsh to be the whipping boys in the Aviva Premiership this season and go straight back down to the Championship.

But they will surprise a few people, I can promise you that.

They have a great work ethic and a really strong team spirit.

The noises coming out of there is that they work hard and play hard. Training is intense but the club also believes strongly in making sure the players have a good time off the pitch too.

They have a few beers now and then and that creates spirit and a camaraderie that brings out the best of a group of players on the pitch.

Saracens are also a club who believe in doing extra curricular activities to help bring the team closer together on the pitch.

I think Sarries will be right up there again this season, along with the usual suspects of Northampton and Leicester.

It will be fascinating to see how Harlequins do in the defence of their title.

I certainly don’t think they will be running away with the league like they were last year. Fair play to them for making the most of the World Cup spell last season but sides will be gunning for them this year and their main challengers will be at full strength from the start of the campaign this time around.

It will be a close league again. London Irish have a lot of experienced players now and if they can gel with their new coaching staff, they could do well.

There are good noises coming out of Bath with their new coaching set-up led by Gary Gold who did so well at Newcastle last season and Gloucester have a new coaching set-up that may change their fortunes.

The trouble is, everyone is happy and positive until the rugby starts. Only then, can you judge how well people’s pre-seasons have gone.

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Andy Goode (Worcester Warriors)