Warren Fury says last week’s try-fest in France was a taster of how Newcastle Falcons will play during the coming season.
Last year’s lowest Premiership’s try-scorers have moved to address the shortcomings in their offensive play by recruiting former England fly-half Dave Walder as attack coach, a decision which has met with the approval of Fury and his club-mates.
“Dave has been great,” said the former Welsh international, who has signed a contract extension to remain at Kingston Park after two seasons with the club.
“He is very approachable, and his philosophy on the game is really good.
“We have all been enjoying working with him, and we began to see in Bayonne some of the stuff that he and John Wells are trying to implement in training.”
Despite losing 26-25 in the Basque country Fury saw enough positives in the performance to be confident better things can be around the corner for a Falcons side who open their league account at Leicester on September 6.
He said: “We scored four tries away from home, there is a real buzz around the place and everybody is looking forward to coming in every day and working on their rugby.
“It was nice for the lads to have a kick-out over in France, because the last game we played in the Premiership was in early May.
“Putting stuff into game situations that we have been doing in training was nice, and to do it against quality opposition at a great venue just made the whole thing a really useful exercise.”
Having had a conversion from the touchline to win the game against a Bayonne side who start their own league season tonight at home to Toulon, Fury added: “Generally I thought we did well, and it was an enjoyable night.
“We have seven weeks’ work behind us from pre-season, and it was great to be out there again.
“From my own perspective the scrum-half’s role has not changed that much, even with the changes we have made to the game-plan. It is still about those fundamental skills – getting the ball to the fly-half and working hard to benefit the team however you can.”
The Falcons’ next senior assignment comes at home to Rotherham a week tomorrow, while the under-23s face a friendly next Friday against Leeds at West Park RFC.
Reporting positive progress through the hard summer months, Fury said: “Pre-season tends to be the same old stuff, but it needs to be done and this is where you put in your hard work.
“The things we are doing now are the foundations that will get us through the next nine to ten months, and you need that because it is a long old season.
“The boys are all working their socks off, the conditioners have been quality in how they have structured and monitored everything and we are really been looked after.”