WITH Bridport Rugby Club’s league season having been cancelled by the RFU, the Blues’ new first-team captain, Andrew Livingston, has already begun to look to the upcoming campaign.

It has now been over eight months since the Blues’ last game, a 56-12 win away at Oakmeadians.

With their remaining games being cancelled during the first national lockdown, the club was announced as winners of the Dorset and Wilts Two South division.

Livingston said: “Despite our usual league being cancelled, we are hopeful to play some form of competitive fixtures in the New Year to help us build for the season ahead.

“The time with no competitive fixtures has been a struggle for the team. However, we have used the time off to try and improve the way we play whilst integrating some of the newer players that have recently joined us.”

When the 2020/21 season begins, the first team will be aiming to survive comfortably in their new league and hope to progress and build further from there.

Livingston is confident of the future of the senior team, which he exclaims is down to the excellent pathway that juniors have to the first team, himself beginning as a five-year-old.

He said: “At Wednesday night training we are joined by the Colts team. It is evident how well these future seniors have been coached from an early age. Rugby is second nature to them.

“It is a testament to all the coaches and the volunteers around the junior club that there are so many kids that turn up on a Sunday to play and represent the club.

“I, myself, started for the juniors over 20 years ago as a five-year-old.

“I hope that when the juniors are back to playing on a Sunday after this current lockdown, there is another future captain of the club out there.”