Preseason #1: Oxford Saints @ Farnham Knights

ON 19TH MARCH, THE SAINTS TAKE ON FARNHAM IN A FRIENDLY FOR THEIR FIRST TEST OF 2017

The knights are a competitive team in the Premier division, the UK’s highest tier. It’s been a few years since the two sides met so this will prove a good opportunity for Head Coach Andrew Day to see his side in action against a top team.

Saints vs Knights in 2013

Oxford last met Farnham in 2013 when the league was split into 2 divisions, Premier and National. Competing in the National Division, the Saints took a 26-2 loss against the Knights at home but clinched a narrow 8-6 victory on the road.

In 2016, the Knights competed against the likes of the London Warriors & London Blitz, widely considered to be the top 2 teams in the UK. The Knights ended the 2016 season with a 4-6 record.

The preseason friendly will kick off at 14:00 pm on Sunday 19th March at Farnham RUFC, Monkton Lane, Surrey, GU9 9ND.

Following a championship season for Oxford in 2016, the Saints have now been promoted to Division 1 and will be facing a tough test against the premiership Knights, but it will demonstrate the level that players need to aspire to if they wish to compete in their new division.

Saints defeat Cambridge in 2016 Div 2 Final

With much of the team returning for 2017, the Saints are further strengthened with another large intake of new players. Some of them have experience at either senior or university level, along with a number of other promising rookies. Keep a look out for a progress report on preseason training soon.

PRESEASON #2 VS LEICESTER FALCONS

After the Farnham game, the team will have 2 weeks to review and analyse the footage in preparation for the 2nd presason game. On 2nd April, the Saints will host the 2016 Division II North Champions, the Leicester Falcons.

The game will be held at Oxford’s home ground Tilsley Park with a 14:30 Kick-off. More details will be shared closer to the event.

The regular season schedule will be available here soon.

Saints vs Falcons in 2013

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