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Rugby: Newly-formed Dorset Dockers prepare for first match
HEAD coach Tim Flower is keen to see newly-formed Dorset Dockers become part of the local rugby family as his side prepare for their first competitive match tomorrow.
But far from setting lofty ambitions, former Oakmedians flanker Flower insists the new outfit are looking to work with rather than against established sides in the area to develop players and play an attractive southern hemisphere style of rugby.
Flower told the Daily Echo: “The club was set up by players for players. We want it to be a less formal club with younger lads learning from the older experienced heads.
“There has been too much rivalry between local clubs in recent years and we would like to attract older or retired players from the likes of Bournemouth, Oaks and Wimborne along to help coach the 18, 19 and 20 year olds.
Flower continued: “We want the young guys to develop and go off and play for the likes of Bournemouth or even higher and that is the real goal. Yes, we want to be competitive but we want to play a fast-paced Barbarians style of rugby.
“There will be no strict game plans as such because we want players to get their heads up and try things and there will be no punishment for attempting things that don’t quite come off.”
The Dockers' chief also thanked Verwood and Bournemouth for being “very supportive” of their venture which has seen 35 players sign up so far.
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