Surviving the drop is bigger than world cup

Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Neil Back has said that keeping the Yorkshire side in the Guinness Premiership would be a bigger personal achievement for him that winning the World Cup with England back in 2003.

Back arrived at Headingley Carnegie eighteen months ago along with Director of Rugby Andy Key with the objective of taking Leeds back into the Guinness Premiership in Year One and keeping them there in Year Two.

Leeds are now eighty minutes away from possibly achieving that second objective and Back, who is in his seventh season as a coach, believes that would be an incredible effort.

“Back in 2003 we were one of the favourites in Australia and we had almost unlimited resources to achieve our goal. However, this season not many people have given us a chance of staying up and yet after our win at London Irish we now know that our fate is in our own hands this Sunday against Worcester.

“Having watched Worcester we know they are going to be incredibly difficult to beat. They have conceded fewer tries than any other team in the bottom half of the table and despite being bottom they have the leading points scorer in the competition in Willie Walker.

” There have been 15 previous games between Leeds and Worcester and the record stands at seven wins a piece and one draw so there is history between the two clubs. They will come to Headingley Carnegie fighting for their lives but we have to make sure that we produce our best performance,” added Back.

The game is being billed the Million Pound Match because a win for Leeds would see them gain parity in terms of central funding with their rivals in the top flight for the first time in the club’s history.

Back admits it is a big game for both clubs, “There is a lot at stake on Sunday but we need to focus on the job in hand and making sure we do the little things right.

“We have got a very loyal band of supporters and they will be out in force on Sunday. We hear there is an army of fans coming up from Worcester so I hope that the Yorkshire public turn out in force to support the team, the players certainly deserve that after their efforts this season.”

“We have been written off but nearly everyone outside of the club but we have never lost our belief and that is key.”

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