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Gloucester wing keen for pre-season friendlies to begin

Last Updated: 13/08/10 11:18am

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Simpdon-Daniel: Eager for new season

Simpdon-Daniel: Eager for new season

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James Simpson-Daniel says that the Gloucester squad are "raring to go" ahead of the start of their pre-season campaign.

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Gloucester are preparing for a friendly against Scarlets on Saturday ahead of the new Aviva Premiership campaign, which they begin on September 4.

Many of the squad have been out of action since the end of last season in May, with only the touring internationals playing over the summer.

And Simpson-Daniel says that the majority of the players, who reported back for training in mid June, are eager to get a match under their belts.

"Yes, especially for the guys who didn't go away on tour. They've been in for a long time now and they're raring to go," the 28-year-old told Gloucester's official website.

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"Obviously, this time last year, I was in the same boat as I hadn't toured and had gone through a long pre-season.

"And your body tells you that you're ready to go. So, those guys who've been in since day one are really looking forward to a game."

Simpson-Daniel was part of the England Saxons squad that clinched the Churchill Cup crown in the USA and said that the June tournament was a gruelling event.

He added: "There were some tricky conditions out there. It was boiling hot and we were playing at altitude in Denver. That made it pretty tough.

"You'd be told to jog round the pitch to warm up or run to the posts and back and, even then, you'd feel it.

"The first game was played at high altitude in Denver and I picked up a dead leg just before half time which was unfortunate and had to come off.

"But all the guys who played those games said how hard the conditions were in terms of the altitude and the heat and the games had to be broken down into four quarters of 20 minutes each so that they could (get) fluid on board."

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