Press Pass: Stevie Lawrie
Hear from Assistant Forwards Coach Stevie Lawrie as he spoke with the media ahead of this Saturday's Challenge Cup match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.
On bad weather affecting Wasps preparations
"Looking at the weather forecast for the weekend, the weather down at the Ricoh Arena is supposed to be alright. With the bad weather coming in, We decided to switch training to Oriam a couple of days ago as a contingency because it is a shocker.
"I said to a few of our South Africans: ‘would you rather be here or Pretoria?’ And they said, reluctantly, that they would rather be here. It [Oriam] is a good venue and helps us prepare properly."
On injured players returning to fitness
“John [Barclay] is just undergoing the usual protocols. He’s being assessed by the medics at the minute and there’s no real update on him at the minute. He’s got a chance for Saturday.
“It'll be great to have him back and involved in the set-up come Six Nations time. John is an important part of our make-up, he brings a lot of experience to the squad – a former Scotland captain and done a lot of things at the top end – so we recognise that particularly during that window when guys are away he is going to be an important figure hopefully."
On Darryl Marfo leaving the club
"For Marfs it is an opportunity. We recognise that he has not had a lot of rugby, he plays in a position we have a lot of strength in, and it was just felt between the club and Darryl that it was best for him that he saught opportunities elsewhere.
“I think that’s that nature of the best sometimes. Selection is subjective, but it is objective sometimes as well, and Darryl has trained really hard, he’s played really well when he’s had a chance as well – he had that great stint when he was in the national squad and played some of his best rugby – but it is now just a case that it was in his best interests that he moves on.
“Jamie Bhatti is with us now and he has played really well. We’ve got Pierre Schoeman and Rory Sutherland, so we’ve got a lot of guys in that position who are performing as well, so I think it was just a decision for both parties that it was best."