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Blues back for Pre Season
23/08/2012 - 15:35
Bedford Blues returned to training at the weekend and it was the first time that new fitness and conditioning coach Paddy Hogben has had the chance to cast his eye over the squad. Hogben, who worked in a similar position at Bath Rugby Club between 2004 and 2008, picks up the fitness reigns from Jamie Bain who left Goldington Road at the end of the season to take up a new role at Gloucester rugby Club. Speaking after training on Saturday morning, Hogben said:
Overall I’m really impressed with the level of fitness that the players have and they all seem in really good shape after the summer break. I’ve probably been most impressed by Paul Tupai who has returned in excellent condition and he is a real example to the younger lads of how to look after yourself.2012 could have been quite a different year for 28-year-old Hogben who left Bath to try and claim a spot in the Great British Olympic Canoeing team. Despite never sitting in a canoe until he was 24, Hogben took to the sport like the proverbial duck to water but narrowly missed out on selection.“The fact was that I wasn’t quite quick enough on the day which was a shame, and it meant that I had to get my career back on track. Thankfully I was in touch with the strength and conditioning coach at Saracens who mentioned that Bedford were in need of someone, I contacted Mike and here I am.
It is day one but the lads are in excellent overall condition. Everyone can always improve whether it is fitness, strength or conditioning but Jamie did a great job and I want to build on the success that he had.