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Launceston too good to go down - Simon Owens


Director of rugby Simon Owens says that Launceston are too good to be relegated from National One.

Launceston started the season with a 20-point deduction after going into voluntary liquidation and are still 17 points adrift of safety.

Owens told BBC Cornwall: "This squad that we've got together is too good not to stay in National One.

"We've got some very, very talented individuals throughout the squad, so we're targeting every game for points."

Owens' men will have the opportunity to close the gap on the teams above them this Saturday when they travel to Blaydon.

"We lost to them last year when we were going well but they've had some indifferent results this year," added Owens.

"We've got something to prove so we need to go up there and put a result together."

Launceston are hoping that mercurial centre Ryan Westren will be fully fit and return to the squad for Saturday's trip.

The 26-year-old has notched eight tries already this season, showing impressive form in his seven appearances.

"Ryan's been awesome this year," said Owens. "He's a different player than what we've seen in previous seasons.

"He's put himself through a heck of a conditioning regime and it's paying dividends for him - he's quicker, he's faster and he's stronger."

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