Injured Wellington duo in fight for fitness

By Barry Knott in Rugby

TWO players who broke legs while playing rugby for the Wellington club last season are on the mend, writes Barry Knott.

Second row Will Hinchcliffe is already back training twice-weekly while prop and hooker Harry Tredwin is close to making a comeback.

However, back or second rower Sandy Kiddle, a doctor at Musgrove Park Hospital, is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Club spokesman Alynn Chetland said: “We’ve been getting good numbers at training - 25-plus.

“At the moment things are looking good and the club’s coaches are working really well with new man Graham Dawe and feeding off his ideas.”

Wellington will have to choose a new lst XV skipper because Dan Smythe-Moore will not be playing due to increased commitments. Smythe-Moore missed games towards the end of the season through injuries.

Wellington’s training nights are Mondays and Wednesdays.

A captain for the senior side will be chosen at a players’ meeting which will be held before the club’s annual meeting on Friday, July 28 (7.30).

n Wiveliscombe returned to pre-season training this week and sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays until the season gets underway.

Twenty-one year old tighthead prop Will Ellis, who will captain the side again, explained: “We have chosen Mondays and Wednesday to avoid clashing with cricket training nights.”

Wiveliscombe won their last ten matches in Somerset Premier and just missed out on promotion.

“I don’t think we’ve lost any players from last season,” added Ellis. “Hopefully we’ll have the same squad.”

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