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Gavin Hogg has urged the home crowd to help get his Bury rugby side off to a good start ahead of their maiden National League Two South fixture tomorrow (3pm).

After promotion last season, Bury St Edmunds are competing in the fourth tier of English rugby for the first time in the club’s history.

They start their season at the Haberden against Bishop’s Stortford, the team who finished as runners-up last season.

And with a four figure crowd expected, Hogg says his side will be relying on the support of the home fans to help make the difference.

“It’s one of the things that got us over the line last season,” he said.

“The home support makes a massive difference to the players during the game. It gives them that extra one or two percent that can make all the difference.”

The season marks the start of an exciting time for the club and Hogg is hoping to draw on that.

“There has never been a more exciting time for rugby in Suffolk and we are proud that Bury Rugby have reached National League Two,” he said.

However, he is realistic about the challenges ahead and says it may take a few games for his side to adapt to the new level.

“We accept that in the first few games we are not going to get everything right and it’s about improving with every game,” he added.

“We are going to target the first eight games to find out what level we are at and where we will need to improve and tomorrow’s opening fixture will be an immediate marker of just how tough it will be.”

Backs Sam Goatley and Cameron James have arrived to take the total to 23 new recruits, but tomorrow’s opener will come too soon for them.

Ben Davies and Shaq Meyers are also unavailable but Hogg is happy with his summer’s work, which has included wins over Sutton Coldfield, Westcombe Park and Hertford.


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