Rowland Phillips: London Welsh have Premiership 'opportunity'

Rowland Phillips
Rowland Phillips initially joined London Welsh as defence coach on 3 November 2014

London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips has said the last four games of the Premiership season provide an "opportunity" for his relegated side.

The Exiles will be back in the Championship next season following Sunday's 29-14 defeat by Bath - their 18th consecutive top-flight loss.

"We need to give ourselves a foothold in this competition to show that we can compete," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

"We will look at it from a positive point of view - as an opportunity."

London Welsh were promoted from the Championship last season but have so far endured a difficult campaign, losing 28 out of 28 matches in all competitions.

However, Phillips, who replaced Justin Burnell as head coach on 16 March, saw many positives from his first game in charge.

"A defeat is always going to touch on negatives, but we have to look at the performance, the energy of the group, at the ambition of the team, how they competed, and in that case it was a massive positive," he explained.

"We want to build on today's positive performance. We want to add things to our game - add a bit of detail in certain areas."

Welsh are now left with a difficult run of final fixtures, facing top-half sides Wasps, Leicester, Northampton and Saracens.

"You get to see the character of people: who is up for the fight, who is ambitious enough to play and have the confidence to express themselves," said Phillips.

"You can look at it as a daunting task - or you can embrace it and show them what we can do."

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