‘Boys buzzing for Twickenham’ – Peel

Date published: August 29 2016

Bristol backs coach Dwayne Peel is buzzing at the prospect of his men running out at Twickenham against Harlequins in their season opener.

The 2016/17 Premiership new boys will travel to HQ to face Harlequins on the opening weekend of the campaign at the London Double Header.

It is set to be a baptism of fire in the league for Bristol, who are returning to the top table of English rugby for the first time since 2009 after their promotion from the Championship at the end of last season.

“To go to Twickenham first up is a fantastic way for us to start,” said Peel ahead of Saturday’s showdown in the capital. “Some Championship games last year were played in front of 500-600 people.

“So to take on Harlequins at Twickenham is a brilliant opportunity and the boys are buzzing for it – it can’t come quick enough to be honest.”

He added: “We’ve been together a long time now; it’s hard putting in the mileage on the treadmill every week so it will be a relief for everyone to get some competitive rugby under our belts.

“Of course Twickenham is up there in terms of the world’s best stadiums, but I never won there as a player so it is not a successful place for me.

“It’s a massive stadium and fantastic to play there, but in many ways we couldn’t have a tougher start playing Quins there, followed by Northampton, Wasps, Exeter Chiefs and Saracens.

“There are no easy games in this league, but we’re relishing it and it would be great for our guys to show they are up to speed in the Aviva Premiership on the first week. They certainly will be after the first six weeks.”