Outen waits in wings

Rob Outen
Rob Outen

Assistant coach Rob Outen is in line to take over as Head coach at Eastbourne Rugby Club.

Outen has spent this season with the club, learning the ropes under the influence of head coach Roger Stanley, who is expected to stand down in April.

The assistant boss was relishing his new role, despite Eastbourne’s lowly league position and poor run of results.

He said, “I’m looking forward to the new challenge regardless of what league the club find themselves in.

“This year has been a transitional year for us and from what I’ve seen there is a massive commitment to improve.”

The Blue and Golds go into Saturday’s game in a precarious position, knowing defeat against Bromley will all-but consign them to relegation.

Outen said, “It’s a crucial period now, we’re looking at getting points from every game – that’s the main focus.

“If we get five points against Bromley then we have a really good chance, if we don’t win that then we’re struggling and that’s the reality.”

Eastbourne lie second bottom in the league, 18 points from safety and victory on Saturday could inch them closer to survival.

Outen highlighted a need to stay solid at the back if they were to realise any dreams of staying up.

He said, “We’ve been aiming to tighten the defence because we haven’t been defending properly this season.

“You just can’t concede the tries were conceding and expect to stay in any game.

“At the same time it’s great to sure up the defence, but if we’re not scoring points there’s nothing to defend.”

The squad travel to Bromley on Saturday looking to avenge the defeat they suffered last time the sides met, earlier in the season.