Strong start needed in rugby opener

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A pre-season of punching above their weight has put Oban Lorne RFC in a good place for their launch back into West League Two action this weekend.

According to 1st XV coach Andrew Johnston, warm-up games against National League big guns Cartha Queens Park and Carrick, followed by last weekend’s scrappy affair against Cambuslang are just what his team needed ahead of what is likely to be another tough season.

‘Everyone is looking forward to the start of the season,’ he told us.

We have really challenged ourselves over the last couple of weeks by playing teams a number of leagues above us without ever fielding our strongest team.’

On Saturday Oban travel to Bothwell Castle Policies to play Uddingston RFC who finished fourth in the league last season.

Oban finished second and will be looking to go one better this time around.

‘We have a full strength squad for the first home game of the season, Paisley on September 7, and will be looking to getting off to a strong start this week.’

Aussie duo Ben James and Mitchell Smith are available for selection during their ‘travelling holiday’to Scotland while Ewan Shearer, Sean Gordon, Finn Charlton and Rober Maclaughlin are all looking to nail down a starting position in the senior team having stepped up from last year’s under 18s squad.