Phillips backs Welsh to return

Date published: March 30 2015

London Welsh were finally put out of their misery with defeat to Bath on Sunday but Rowland Phillips insists the club will bounce back.

The 29-14 loss at home to Bath condemned the Exiles to Championship rugby next season as they now sit 25 points behind Newcastle with just four games remaining.

It's been a disastrous campaign, with a try-bonus point picked up in the reverse fixture at Bath, their only point of the season.

That means Welsh will make an immediate return to the Championship, however Phillips is confident they can turn things around.

The former Welsh international took over from Justin Burnell as head coach a fortnight ago and has initially been given the task of leading the club until the end of the season. 

"We had a lot of positives today (against Bath) and we will be looking to build on that performance," Phillips told the Telegraph

"The club is too proud just to switch off and accept defeat.

"There is always speculation and rumour at this time of the season, but the key thing is that you learn your lessons. We know we are relegated but our ambition to come back is greater than ever.

"Building for next season has to start now. The mindset for us has to be to improve every week. We will sit down next week to review this game and discuss the future. The key is how you learn your lessons and obviously you can say that we didn't learn them last time but certainly the ambition is as great as ever.

"The real honest ambition of the club will always be portrayed on the field and today you saw 23 guys put their life and soul onto the pitch and that to me shows that there is a response to this club so that the future is bright."