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Hammett relishing Cardiff challenge

27th August 2014 09:44


Mark Hammett Hurricanes coach SR 2014

Raring to go: Mark Hammett

New Cardiff Blues boss Mark Hammett is relishing the challenge of helping his side improve on last season's performances.

The Blues finished in seventh place on the table and although Hammett is still settling in to his new surroundings he is confident of turning things around this season.

"Eight or nine days, I've been there now so I don't know if I'm settled but I'm not doing two-hour trips to and from the vale now, which is nice," he said at the PRO12's launch.

"I'm getting to know most of the players and the names of the staff and there is a real keenness and a real desire to win - 'we have got the badge on and we are representing that it is done with passion'.

"Hopefully they are not anxious. It is natural when a new guy comes in that there is some anxiety around what we are doing.

"We human are habitual and we don't handle change really well, so there will be a wee bit of that as well."

The Blues have been boosted by the recruitment of British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones, former fly-half Gareth Anscombe and Wales flanker Josh Turnbull.

Hammett has put the trio - along with the rest of the Cardiff squad - through their paces during the pre-season and the former Hurricanes boss believes his training methods will bear fruit as the season progresses.

"One of the things I wanted to do was train with intensity and try to build some pressure around the way we play," he added.

"I like to get it done under pressure because when we start the PRO12 for sure, then you know it's going to happen and there is going to be pressure coming back at us so we have got to learn to deal with that."

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