CHINNOR return to action tomorrow at the Rams XV-a-side festival.

Director of rugby Matt Williams takes his new-look side to Berkshire on Saturday for a four-team tournament.

Chinnor will take on hosts Rams, Bournemouth and Pontypool in a round-robin stage, before the sides go on to contest a final and third-place play-off.

Williams has been pleased with what he has seen from his players so far and is looking forward to them stepping up their preparations.

“It’s been a good pre-season, the boys have worked very hard,” he said.

“With such a big turnover of squad this year, we brought the boys in very early and they are at a stage where they’re ready for a hit-out.

“We had our first live contact session last week, which went very well. The boys are hungry for contact which is important.

“We proved last year that we can score tries, it was stopping them that was the issue, so we’ve built good structures this year.

“We’re very confident we can score a lot of points, but success and failure is determined by how many you can stop, not score.”

Laurence May is among the new recruits set for his first run out in a Chinnor jersey.

The fly-half, who joined from Ealing Trailfinders, is looking forward to the season ahead.

He said: “It’s an exciting place, there’s a lot of new guys, but I think we’re gelling well.

“It’s a bit of a change for guys coming in from full-time rugby, as we train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings after a long day’s work.

“But I think everyone’s enjoying it and it’s going well, so hopefully we will have a good season.”

Henley Hawks host Rosslyn Park in their second pre-season fixture tomorrow (3pm).

After opening with a 24-13 victory over London Irish Wild Geese despite having a number of players unavailable, Hawks will be looking to maintain their promising start.