09:28AM, Tuesday 19 May 2015
Windsor's Seb Jewell believes London Welsh’s proactive approach to shaping their squad for next season puts them in the driving seat for an immediate return to the Premiership.
After a difficult season on the field, the Exiles saw their relegation from the top flight confirmed at the end of March.
But rather than wallow on self-pity, the club have been quick to get the ball rolling ahead of the new season.
No fewer than 13 players, including Jewell, have re-signed for the club, while they have also announced the signings of Josh Drauniniu, Martyn Thomas and Guy Armitage.
Jewell himself has a mixed record with the club since arriving four years ago, having twice celebrated promotion as well as experiencing the disappointment of relegation in 2012-2013 and then this season.
But having watched Worcester Warriors launch an immediate bid for promotion this season following their own relegation, Jewell knows a settled squad is crucial ahead of the Championship kicking off.
“I’ve been with London Welsh for the last four seasons, I’ve been promoted twice and relegated twice,” said Jewell, speaking as Land Rover unveiled an official Rugby World Cup mascot as part of Land Rover’s ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign that aims to put grassroots rugby on the global stage..
“It’s unfortunately a bit of a trend that I have developed but hopefully I can keep my record going and get another promotion.
“It’s good to get things sorted now and give the squad the best possible chance of starting the new season strongly.
“Worcester did something similar last year and they have been successful this season so we need to do the same.
“I’m a London lad, I’ve got a lot of friends here and it’s a good club to be at. I really respect the coaching set up they’ve got here now so it’s good to sign a new contract.
“They have a core group of players here and we should be pushing to come straight back up.”
Land Rover’s search for mascots forms part of their ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign that aims to put grassroots rugby on the global stage during this year’s Rugby World Cup.
And Jewell admitted that days such as the one where he surprised a young fan last month are invaluable for helping to promote rugby at all levels.
“It was really good surprising Finlay at his school like that and we were more than happy to come down as it’s such a fun thing to be involved in,” he added.
“He is definitely a good candidate to be a mascot. He was quite shocked to start with but then he found his voice and was bossing us players about for the photos. It will be the opportunity of a lifetime for Finlay.
“With having a World Cup in this country, it’s great to be able to spread rugby out into the community and touch people in ways you might not be able to do.
“Going into schools and getting in contact with people at grassroots helps to generate interest in the sport and helps to get more people involved which is only a good thing.”
Land Rover is recruiting all 96 Rugby World Cup 2015 official mascots as part of ‘We Deal In Real’, Land Rover’s Rugby World Cup 2015 sponsorship campaign which will champion the people that are the heart and soul of the game by putting grassroots clubs on the global stage. www.landrover.co.uk/mascots @LandRoverRugby #WeDealInReal
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