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RUGBY UNION: Lewis hails strength in depth
Rob Lewis believes the London Welsh squad is the strongest that he has known.
And that, he accepts, means players are going to be disappointed on match days.
Scrum half Lewis, who started the previous two matches, is left out for today’s clash with Plymouth Albion at the Kassam Stadium.
But speaking this week – before the team was announced – Lewis says that players know that squad rotation will play a big role in keeping the Exiles challenging at the top of the league.
“Everybody wants to play week in, week out, but our squad is very strong,” he said.
“I just want to keep playing, but I understand it is not always possible.
“The strength in depth is amazing here. It is the strongest squad I have seen at London Welsh.
“There is competition for places in every position. “You can see it with how people are in training, but the pressure is good.”
Although they are not starting together today, Lewis is looking forward to appearing alongside twin brother James, a centre, more regularly this season.
The 25-year-olds had a run of games together in the Championship winning season two years ago, but featured intermittently for Welsh last year.
However, they hope to become regulars again throughout this campaign.
“I understand the way the way he moves”, said Rob, who had a spell at Cardiff Blues last season.
“I can read him a lot better than other players because we are twins.”
The brothers have always played together since their junior days and have represented Wales up to under 20 and sevens level.
“I think we have spent about two seasons apart in all that time,” said Rob. “I know his moves and can understand when he is going to step.”
Rob added: “We are happy to get nine points from two games against two top teams.
“But we are also disappointed at some of the things where we let ourselves down, so there’s still a lot more to come.
“But if we are playing well and winning, people will want to come and watch us.”
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