Rugbyguttene take over Bergen,
This weekend, the Men’s XVs team travelled to Bergen for their first camp under new Head Coach Richie White (was interim coach in the autumn). With the pandemic, it has been a long and disrupted 2 years for rugby. We got back on the field by Welcoming Denmark to Oslo in October, with the hope of normality in the Spring. We were scheduled to play 2 matches in May, however, due to current situations we are not able to travel to play newly relegated Moldova. The decision to not play Moldova was not taken lightly, the federation has worked tirelessly with Rugby Europe and Moldova to find a safe, affordable, and neutral alternative. Unfortunately, all three parties haven’t found a solution so it will not be played. Instead, the XVs team will put all their energy into the Finland game and look to start the new setup with a win.
We got the full Bergen weather welcome over the weekend; Friday was a fantastic warm sunny spring day. Saturday was a mix of rain, sun, rain, wind, and sleet. Sunday was a cold, snowy winters day. The rugby side of the weekend however was consistently improving. Friday consisted of reviews of new plays, moves, styles and so on. Split work for back moves and forwards with their lineouts and scrums. The team were proving to have put in the personal work.
Saturday Began with a team breakfast and then straight into other forwards/backs split to recap details. Structured team runs were then followed by contact work. After lunch the group of 30 players split into two teams so that a “trial” game of 4x 15-minute quarters could be played. Thank you to Bergen Rugby Klubb for organising a referee, touch judges and a few local fans. The match was a good success and a good opportunity for the coaches to see players in action and test out some new methods.
Sunday was a half day, as players needed to travel home again. It started with a long mobility session, led by S+C coach Aleks (who has been leading great fitness sessions and creating personalised programmes for all the players). The rest of the morning was filled with analysis, recap, set play run throughs and restarts.
The team will meet again in Stavanger in mid-April before hosting Finland at Bislett Stadion on the 7th of May 2022. Make sure you are there too!
Head Coach, Richie White:
“It was a good weekend building towards our next game. We have set a good knowledge base within the player group, and I am looking forward to making improvements at our next camp to have us prepared for Finland. Lots of good work done, and more to do.”
Team Manager, Karina Breuer:
“I think it was a great weekend even if we had a mix of sunshine, rain, and snow. I also want to thank the boys and coaches for a warm welcome. Can’t wait until the next camp to get them to know better.”