Purdy eager to improve

Date published: December 7 2016

Gloucester centre Henry Purdy is refusing to rest on his laurels and has vowed to push on hard, despite praise from all corners for his form at his club.

The 22-year-old has scored two tries in his last three games for the Cherry & Whites, including the fourth in their 26-18 victory against Bristol on Saturday.

Purdy signed a new contract with the club last month and director of rugby David Humphreys said he expects him to get better with each game he plays. The compliments don’t stop there, with former England centre Will Greenwood praising his powerful running game on Twitter this week.

However, Purdy insists he still has a lot of work to do, but did appreciate Greenwood’s Tweet.

“He is a legend of the game so I will take it,” Purdy told the Premiership website.

“I am pretty happy about how it is going personally, I have played a lot of rugby over the last few months and when you do that it feels like you are developing each week.

“I am always eager to keep playing and keep getting better and I want to be a part of taking Gloucester in the right direction.

“The boys have been well recently so it reflects well on individuals so it is nice to play in a team which is playing well and winning games.

“Individually, I feel like I am in decent form but I am my own biggest critic so I don’t want to just be in decent form – I want to be in great form, so I need to push on.”

Gloucester sit eighth on the Premiership table and their fortunes seem to have turned after a winless October.

They beat high-flying Wasps and narrowly lost to champions Saracens before seeing off Bristol, and Purdy believes the sky is the limit for how far they can now go.

“We have been a little bit smarter in the rugby we are playing. We are really pushing in those final 20 minutes to close games out,” he said.

“In the past it has been that last 20 that has really cost us but we put Wasps and Bristol Rugby to bed and we need more of that now.

“It is hard to say how high we can climb but I am optimistic about where we can go. Our game has taken a turn for the better.

“There is a good atmosphere around the place and we just hope to build on that momentum going into Europe.

“Momentum is infectious so we need to continue building it and making sure we use it to win matches. The boys are optimistic we can push towards the top.”