Swindon star Adam Ellis insists they can cope with being the team to beat heading into their Premiership opener with Leicester at the Abbey today at 7:30pm.
The CFS Filtration Robins defied expectations to lift the top flight trophy last year but now have a target on their backs.
Yet Ellis reckons their familiar side can deal with the pressure and once again challenge for the title.
“We know this year will be a bit more difficult because we’re the Champions and that means we’re always the one team others want to beat,” Ellis said.
“Last year not too many people gave us a chance so there wasn’t as much pressure.
“But I like the team we’ve got again this year and there’s no reason why we can’t win it back-to-back.
“We’ve got a pretty solid team all-round and to have so many of the same faces back at Swindon will be good.
“We all know each other well, we all get on real good and we can obviously carry the momentum over from winning the league last season.”
Alun Rossiter’s side will face a tough test against a revamped Lions’ side aiming to climb the standings after a tough 2017.
They include Grand Prix star Martin Vaculik as well as highly-rated Pole Krystian Pieszczek and former Swindon title winner Hans Andersen.
British racer Paul Starke is also drafted in as a guest for new signing Michael Palm Toft, whilst Swindon are at full strength.
SWINDON: Nick Morris, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Tobiasz Musielak, Zach Wajtknecht, Mitchell Davey.
LEICESTER: Martin Vaculik, Paul Starke, Danny King, Krystian Pieszczek, Hans Andersen, James Sarjeant, Kyle Newman.