Dave Cowper (27)
Happy to agree with your comments on Barker's dominance in 2013. Knox's program was never going to turn around in one year and acknowledge fitness needs to be better. Knox fielded 5 x Y11's and 1 x Y10 today together with 3 x Y11s injured who were all regulars at beginning of season. That's nine starters in 2014 with experience. Are you able to confirm Barker's returning numbers? I know of 4,6,9 and 10.
The Knox fitness does seem an issue. I had observed earlier that from one of their programs that their injury rate in the opens is over 20%. I don't think their fitness issue can be solely slated to their rugby program.
Fitness is something that needs work and dedication by the individual. It can also be unpleasant and requires effort with out easy gain. I presume they still have a PE program up at Knox???