HRUFC FIRST XV VS PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS – MATCH INFO
By David Whittle
HUDDERSFIELD RUFC kick-off their first preseason game against Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday at Lockwood Park.
Preparing for a tough season ahead, Saturdays opponents will prove an equally difficult challenge.
Preston finished fourth in the National League 2 North Division last year and will look to be one of the favourites for promotion this year.
But Huddersfield’s new staff, along with some new faces, are looking forward to the challenges that await them.
With a line-up that includes new signings like Tom Hodson and player-coach Gareth Lewis, Huddersfield have prepared well for the new campaign.
The fixture on Saturday is one of two preseason games, both against higher division opposition, with the second coming against Dudley Kingswinford two weeks later.
‘Field will then kick off their season at home to Billingham on the 7th of September.
Set to be a competitive game, despite the preseason status of the occasion, all spectators will be admitted for free.
The preseason game against Grasshoppers will be a good test of their conditioning drilled into them by former armed forces instructor Rob Leighton.
Huddersfield will need to put all of their preseason training into practice, as the team plays together for the first time. Looking to gel against a solid Preston side, Field will hope to neutralise England Counties player Sean Taylor who is amongst their ranks.
Great team try against Hull this weekend.
From a scrum in front of our own sticks, the ball gets played out to @kian_stewart11 who makes a great break. 🏃🏼💨
The ball is recycled and makes it to @MilnerWill who grubbers through for Arthur Wilkinson to gather and dot down.
Congratulations to Head Coach Gaz Lewis who has just completed his 200th game in charge of the team.
During his tenure, the team has won two National 3 North titles and achieved their highest ever finish in National 2 North.
Well done Gaz!