Bury St Edmunds have been boosted by the return of their title-winning utility back Tom Rock ahead of their match in the south west at Taunton Titans tomorrow (3pm), writes Russell Claydon.
The ex-London Welsh Championship-experienced player came in to help the Wolfpack storm to the National League Three London and South East title two seasons ago. And having been posted back to RAF Honington, Rock was due to join in training this week ahead of pushing for a place in the squad as Bury look to build on another home win with their first away points of the season.
Director of rugby Gavin Hogg, who has also brought Fijian Makulusio Koroiyadi back to the club with fellow countryman Sailasa Vunivesilevu, both from the Army, said of Rock’s return: “Once again that is adding a bit of competition in the backline with someone who has played at a good level.
“Mako had his Army rugby commitments last season, so we had to work around them but he has taken a bit of a step back from that and he is hoping that will allow him to commit a bit more to the club side of things. V is another good addition.”
The depth of squad has seen club captain Chris Snelling playing in the second-string side so far this season, after missing pre-season games through a trip to Thailand.
But Hogg is confident it will not be long before he is back in the first-team fold.
“He is one of these guys waiting for an opportunity,” he said. “He is a very solid player and I imagine his won’t be too far away.”
The Bury chief has warned his side about falling into the trap of giving Taunton too much respect again as they head to another of the sides tipped to be in the shake-up at the end of the campaign.
“We felt last year we went down there and probably gave them a little too much respect and found ourselves 20 points down after 10 minutes and eventually got ourselves into the game and lost 26-22,” he said. “It is really about us going down there and giving a good account of ourselves.”