Platypi seek solid start to rugby pre-season

The Platypi have put the call out for pre-season training pretty early this year, and they couldn't be happier with the response.

Long-time club mentor Phil Prior has returned as first grade coach this year, with Hare Lavaka on deck as assistant, and they're keen to nail the pre-season in 2020.

They planned their first training run back in November, with sessions planned leading into Christmas.

Prior couldn't have been happier when 49 braved the summer heat for the first run - a solid 90 minute workout.

Training has started with drills and skills but after Australia Day they'll be stepping it up, Prior says.

"We're pretty chuffed with how things have started," Prior said. "We'll get more into fitness and game preparedness (after Australia Day)."

Prior's already planning some pre-season games including trips to Condobolin on Easter Saturday for the Brad Ridley Shield and Terrigal for a training camp.

"I'm quite excited," Prior said. "It will be an interesting year, we will be very competitive."

The nucleus of the first grade squad is signed up for the new season: Mahe Fangupo is back and 100 per cent along with representative talent Charlie French.

Jack Hammond and Jarrod Hall, Josh Coulthurst, Tim Prior and Kyle Sharpe are all back.

But they are definitely in the market for more players, Prior added, with a view to international recruitment.

The veteran coach's short term goal is to go one better than the fourth place they achieved in the Blowes Clothing Cup in 2019.

Early victories are key, he identified.

The club is still seeking a second grade coach, the depth of talent key to Prior's hopes of a strong showing in the 2020 competition.

"Our goal this year is to make our wolf pack strong," Prior said.

Things are looking promising on the juniors front: the club has appointed John Cole Colts coach.

Cole led the Under 17s to semi-finals in the 2019 junior rugby competition and hopes to keep a lot of those players engaged in the game going forward.

"They will be formidable," Prior anticipated.

Prior added the club has a strong and committed committee for the year: Rhys Woods continues as president, vice president Stuart French and secretary Tracey Prior. Amy Townsend is looking after sponsorships and Jarrod Hall continues as player representative.