- Brent Wilson looks to build on last season in the Greene King IPA Championship
- Nottingham Rugby aim to be among top four
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After a successful season in the second tier, which saw his side progress through to the semi-finals before falling to runners-up Bedford Blues, Nottingham Rugby captain Brent Wilson is confident the Green and Whites can push on in 2013/14.
“I’d like to think play-offs are a target for us this season,” said the 32 year-old back-rower from New Zealand.
“We did some really good stuff last year but we’re trying to not look back to much, we’re trying to build on that and keep pushing forward. There are a lot of new players on board who have settled in really well, so we just need to build and get off to a good start against Leeds.
“I think at this stage last season, possibly we weren’t thought of as being play-off contenders, but last season we showed that we play a really exciting brand of rugby with a fairly small squad. We showed what we were capable of, and this will give us a lot of confidence going into this season.”
Nottingham have seen the departure of a number of key players, including RFU Championship Player of the Season Tim Streather, who signed for Premiership side Saracens, as well as duo Matt Parr and Nic Rouse who agreed new deals with London Irish.
But despite those set-backs, Wilson is encouraged by the club’s new signings.
“We’ve replaced the guys that have left with some good quality players, so it’s encouraging to see them fit in really well and the club bring in some quality. It’s quite a young squad but so far, it’s looking very promising.
Finally, skipper Wilson welcomed Greene King IPA to the division, noting the increasing visibility of the Championship.
“It’s good to see the Championship is getting more recognition,” he added. “A big sponsor like (Greene King) IPA coming on board is definitely a good thing for rugby and the Championship showed last year that there are a lot of quality players coming through the system, so it’s picking up more coverage which is good to see.”
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