RFU Championship News

Friday 23rd

23rd December 2011


RFU Championship News Friday 23rd December 2011

RFU Championship News. Previews of all the Round 15 Christmas games. All the teams plus news and comment

Friday 23 December 2011 Monday 26 December 2011
Bristol v Bedford 18:00

Saturday 24 December 2011
Pirates v Plymouth Albion 14:00
Rotherham v Nottingham 14:00
Doncaster v Leeds Carnegie 15:30
London Welsh v Esher 14:00
Moseley v London Scottish 15:00

RFU Preview


RFU Round 15 Preview

Bristol will face their nearest challengers in the league when Bedford visit the Memorial Stadium on Friday December 23rd in what is a re- run of last season’s British & Irish Cup final.

The top- of- the- table clash is the first installment in what promises to be a bumper weekend of festive fixtures. Bristol enjoyed a narrow win over the Blues at Goldington Road when the sides last met on October 1st.

The following day Cornish Pirates welcome local rivals Plymouth to the Mennaye Field and Rotherham are at home to Nottingham in what is traditionally a bruising and physical encounter.

Nottingham were the only winners of the quartet in the last round of games after an accomplished performance against London Welsh saw them record a 26-10 win.

Doncaster take on Leeds in what is arguably the pick of three Boxing Day fixtures. The Knights came away from Headingley with a 16-30 in the first encounter, but Leeds have enjoyed a fine run since then.

Close games have been a feature of Leeds’ season, with their 14-13 win over Cornish Pirates on Sunday being the ninth time the losing side has picked up a bonus point in fixtures involving the former Premiership side.

Elsewhere, Esher’s search for an elusive first win in the Championship takes them to Old Deer Park for a game against London Welsh, while Moseley, who have responded to a 60- point hammering at the hands of Nottingham with two straight wins, take on London Scottish at Billesley Common.

Friday 23 December 2011

Bristol v Bedford 18:00



Bristol Rugby will look to cement their position at the top of the RFU Championship when second-placed Bedford Blues visit the West Country on Friday.

Bristol, who have yet to lose at home in the league, could extend their unbeaten run to five games if they overcome Mike Rayer’s side in front of a bumper crowd at the Memorial Stadium.

Liam Middleton makes two changes from the previous league outing at Plymouth Albion, as Jason Hobson and Marco Mama return to the starting line-up.

The Head Coach retains the same backline that earned a 23-3 victory at Brickfields, with Ruki Tipuna and Tristan Roberts continuing their blossoming half-back partnership.

In the forwards, Ross Johnston retains his place at hooker, while James Merriman takes over as captain in the absence of Iain Grieve.

With Josh Ovens recalled by Bath for their Christmas Eve clash with Northampton Saints, Marco Mama is named in the back row.

On the replacements bench, Middleton reverts to a five forwards and two backs split.


Bristol Rugby
Jon Goodridge; Jack Tovey, Fautua Otto, Will Helu, George Watkins
Tristan Roberts, Ruki Tipuna; Darren Crompton, Ross Johnston, Jason Hobson
Mariano Sambucetti, Roy Winters, Marco Mama, James Merriman (c), Dan Montagu.

Rhys Lawrence, Mark Irish, Wayne Thompson, Glen Townson
Darren Barry, Matt Keyte, Matty James.

Bristol academy manager Mike Hall, who stepped in for the ill head coach Liam Middleton at this week’s press conference, feels being top of the league at Christmas would be an apt reward for the Bristol supporters’ loyalty in testing times.

“I think it would be good for the fans – and I think they deserve it,” he said.

“They went through a pretty tough time last year – and also at the end of the season before when they didn’t win the Exeter final.

“They’ve been through some hard times recently and it would be a good reward for them to be top at Christmas.

Full Story www.thisisbristol.co.uk



Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer is in confident mood for Friday’s televised top-of-the-table clash with Bristol.

The Blues, who crashed out of the British and Irish Cup on Saturday, can go top of the Championship if they win at the Memorial Stadium.

Rayer said: “With it on Sky, it’s a chance to promote ourselves as a club and for the players to step up to the mark and express themselves. “We’re not building it up too much ourselves. The pressure’s on Bristol, it’s their home game but it’s a challenge we need.

Full Story www.bedfordtoday.co.uk

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer makes wholesale changes to last weekend's team from the 25 a piece draw with Llanelli in the British & Irish Cup with only a handful of players keeping their place on the team sheet.

Looking ahead to the fixture Rayer said: "Over the past few seasons we've thoroughly enjoyed some great battles with Bristol and I'm sure that we'll be in for much of the same on Friday night.

“It should be a intriguing contest and one that the lads are really looking forward to.

The bulk of the starting team are fresh and have trained with a real spring in their step this week. It should be a cracking atmosphere down there and we know our performance levels will to go up several notches to get the result.”

Full Story www.bedfordrugby.co.uk

Last weeks side that drew 25-25 with Llanelli side featured 13 changes from the league win against Rotherham Titans the previous week and while Rayer conceded that may have played a part, he found some errors inexcusable.

“They are the basics of the game – tackling, passing, catching – and it’s not like we don’t do a lot of that with the lads in training sessions, but frankly it is not acceptable for the level we are playing at,” he said.

“As a consequence, and I don’t like saying it, some of the lads have let themselves down and selection in that sense has been made easier for me because some of them didn’t stick their hands up.

Full Story www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk

Bedford Blues
15. James Pritchard (c) 14. David Vincent 13. Brendan Burke 12. Henry Staff
11. Josh Bassett 10. Jake Sharp 9. Darryl Veenendaal
1. Nico Steenkamp 2. Chris Locke 3. Phil Boulton 4. Mike Howard
5. Paul Tupai 6. Alex Rae 7. Sacha Harding 8. Don Barrell

16. Neil Cochrane, 17. Dan Seal, 18.Billy Johnson, 19. Gregor Gillanders
20. Stefan Liebenberg, 21. Jamie Lennard, 22. Tom Bedford

Saturday 24 December 2011

Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion 14:00

Cornish Pirates


The holiday period will start in perfect style for fans of the Cornish Pirates and Plymouth Albion as the two teams go head to head on Christmas Eve.

Saturday's clash will be the first time that Albion have met the Pirates since Pete Drewett took over as head coach, and they will be looking to avenge their 20-16 home defeat to the Cornish side in early October.

Pirates boss Chris Stirling knows that the game will be a tough one, he said: "Plymouth are a better team than their results suggest and with a new coaching team they will be keen to come down here and put on a performance.

"They have got a couple of Penzance & Newlyn boys out of Exeter (Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jack Nowell) and hopefully they will get the opportunity to play at their old home ground against the Pirates.” he added.

Full Story www.thisiscornwall.co.uk

Having recorded a 20-16 Championship win at the Brickfields at the start of October, and followed this up with a 38-0 victory at the same venue in the British & Irish Cup, the Pirates will be keen to make it three in a row against old rivals, but in such a 'derby' match they'll take nothing for granted.

Back to full fitness, scrum-half Gavin Cattle returns to captain the Cornish side in a fixture that always adds extra interest for prop Alan Paver.

The experienced Rotherham-born performer has made 268 appearances for the Pirates since joining us in 2002, having previously played for 'Albion'.

Of extra interest two sets of brothers might well be in opposition. Pirates prop Paul could face his brother Jack, whilst replacement hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie will likely see his younger brother, prop Luke, sitting on the Plymouth Albion bench.


Few sides enjoy facing Cornish Pirates at Mennaye Field, but Plymouth Albion make the trip to West Cornwall tomorrow without an away win in the Championship all season.

Pirates' high performance manager Chris Stirling has been watching recent events at Brickfields with interest, and expects new director of rugby Pete Drewett to impress his own style upon the Devon men over time.

He said: "It has been mostly the same on the pitch but there will be a massive amount of change behind the scenes and that will come out on the field, maybe on Christmas Eve, maybe later.

Full Story www.thisiscornwall.co.uk

Cornish Pirates:
R. Cook, M. Evans, G. Pointer, D. Locke, D. Doherty
C. Thomas, G. Cattle (capt), B. Maidment, P. Burgess, K. Marriott
M. Myerscough, M. Smith, A. Paver, D. Ward, P. Andrew.

C. Rimmer, T. Cowan-Dickie, R. Brits, C. Morgan
C. Walker-Blair, J. Doherty, T. Cooper.

Match officials
 Luke Pearce (RFU)
Assistants: Tom Foley & James Minards

Plymouth Albion


Plymouth Albion got the boost they needed ahead of this big derby clash by claiming their first win in seven matches.

It might not have been the league victory that the city side crave, but Saturday's British & Irish Cup triumph against Neath in South Wales, achieved with a much-changed side, will have massively improved the mood among the squad ahead of a crucial period for the club.

However, although spirits will have been lifted from gaining a win over the Welsh Premiership leaders, nobody at Brickfields will be getting too carried away with their three try to nil victory at a wet and bitterly cold Gnoll.

Full Story www.thisisplymouth.co.uk

Albion boss Peter Drewett wants his players to put in a full shift against their traditional rivals tomorrow.

Drewett said he was looking forward to the challenge of taking on Pirates. "We've got a lot of respect for the Cornish Pirates – they are very well coached and organised.

"They've had some good games this season, and with our match being on Christmas Eve, I am sure the whole of Cornwall will be out supporting them and it should be a fantastic atmosphere.

"I have some ideas (about stopping Pirates), but we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what they are."

Full Story www.thisisplymouth.co.uk

Paul Roberts, Paul Rowley and Jack Andrew will make their first league starts for Plymouth at Mennaye Field tomorrow

Fly-half Roberts joined Albion this week from Premiership club Bath and he is thrown straight into the team by director of rugby Peter Drewett, who is hoping to claim his first league win tomorrow.

Roberts takes over the number 10 shirt from Mark Lee, who reverts to full-back in place of the previously ever-present James Love.

Cornishman Andrew, whose brother plays for the Pirates, comes in at prop after impressing in the British & Irish Cup against Neath last week - a match that saw Drewett claim his first win since moving to Brickfields.

Scrum-half Rowley also keeps the number nine shirt after wearing it for the first time against Neath last Saturday.

Albion are able to welcome back winger Tyson Lewis after a three-match suspension.

Teenager Luke Cowan-Dickie is on the bench for Albion. Like fellow front-rower Andrew, his older brother also plays for the Pirates.

Albion pushed the Pirates all the way when they met in the Championship at Brickfields earlier in the season. Albion led for a large spell of that game before conceding a late try to narrowly lose 20-16.


15 Mark Lee, 14 Steve Johns, 13 Bevon Armitage, 12 Keni Fisilau
11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Paul Roberts, 9 Paul Rowley
1 Jack Andrew, 2 Gareth Evans, 3 Ryan Hopkins, 4 Tyler Hotson
5 Sean-Michael Stephen (capt), 6 Herbie Stupple, 7 Sam Hocking, 8 Aaron Carpenter.

16 Ruairi Cushion, 17 Paul Bailey, 18 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 19 Rob Dugard
20 Rupert Freestone, 21 Addison Lockley, 22 Wayne Sprangle.

Rotherham Titans v Nottingham 14:00

Rotherham Titans


Rotherham Titan are to join forces with Premiership giants Leicester Tigers as they prepare for the final push towards the top flight.

Talks are already under way with the Welford Road club with a view to bringing in players to bolster Andre Bester’s squad for the final clutch of Championship games and then the winner-takes-all play-offs.

Full Story www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk

Rotherham Titans coach Andre Bester is expected to name a similar side to the one that lost narrowly at Bedford last time out in the Championship, although Semisi Taulava is expected to make his return in the number 8 shirt.

Nottingham currently sit 4th in the Championship having recently put together a string of fine results. A number of recent additions to their squad has also seen an upturn in their form and they will fancy themselves to get a result on Saturday.

The clubs first met in National Division Two back in October 1996, where a 6-try performance saw Rotherham seal a 44-21 victory. Of eight previous league visits to Clifton Lane, Nottingham have tasted victory on just one occasion, that being a 19-5 reversal in September 2007. The overall league head to head between the clubs sees Titans hold a slim 9-7 advantage, with one match drawn.

Looking ahead to the game Titans Andre Bester said, “We’ve worked exceptionally hard this week and there’s no lack of respect for any team in this division. It is a fact however that we do focus even more when we play against a side that’s ahead of us in the League.

“Nottingham have put an excellent run of good results together and they are scoring freely, so we really need to be focused for this game. We’ve prepared with a lot of respect this week for the opponents that we have to face Saturday.

“Nottingham have a number of game-breakers and they are very experienced, they are very good at 10, 12 and 13. Their captain Craig Hammond is very experienced and is a great leader of men.

“We lack the experience, depth and continuity that Nottingham have, but it is our job to make sure they don’t come to Clifton Lane and take what they want. We are looking to get the result on Saturday and we will do our upmost to get that result.

“It is important that we keep our 100% winning record at Clifton Lane because then sides have a mental block that they can’t win here and that’s what we want teams to feel when they arrive.”


Rotherham Titans:
15 Tom Foden, 14 Ed Tellwright, 13 Dave McCall, 12 Pale Nonu
11 Shane Monahan, 10 Garry Law, 9 Jimmy Williams
1 Shane Cahill, 2 Dan Baines, 3 Rob O’Donnell, 4 Sam Dickinson (Capt.)
5 Adrian Griffiths, 6 Robin Copeland, 7 Sean Dougall, 8 Semisi Taulava.

16 Ted Stagg, 17 Jamie Kilbane, 18 Ben Hooper, 19 Barney Maddison
20 Carl Kirwan, 21 Matt Rhodes, 22 Cliffie Hodgson.



Nottingham Rugby can put space between themselves and Rotherham Titans in the Championship table when the teams meet at Clifton Lane tomorrow.

The Green and Whites are fourth following a recent run of four straight league victories, including the excellent 26-10 victory against London Welsh in their last game.

Rotherham are only one point behind in sixth place and have been strong at home this campaign, remaining unbeaten.

Director of rugby Glenn Delaney said: "We are in a very good run of form as we showed against London Welsh and, we're going into the match full of confidence but we are fully aware of the task ahead.

"We know it's always going to be a tough match when we face Rotherham, particularly on their patch.

Full Story www.thisisnottingham.co.uk

Nottingham’s Director of Rugby Glenn Delaney said, “We know that it’s always going to be a tough match when we face Rotherham, particularly on their own patch. They’ve recorded some good victories there this season against many of the sides competing at the top end of the table.

“They are a strong, physical side who are capable of scoring a lot of points on their day. We are in a very good run of form though, as evidenced by the way we played against London Welsh. We’ll go into the match full of confidence, but fully aware of the task ahead.”

This match also marks Delaney’s 200th league match in charge of Nottingham.

He added, “It’s great to reach this personal landmark as it’s been a great honour to be involved with this club for such a long time. I’ve been fortunate to work with and have the support of a lot of good people and I continue to be enthused by the direction the club is taking.

“I don’t think anyone ever sets out to reach milestones. All I know is that I’m enjoying the work as much as I ever have and I’m looking forward to continuing working with this group of players to see them realise their potential.”

Nottingham’s recent run has seen them win eight of their last nine matches in all competitions. They have qualified for the quarter finals of the British and Irish Cup and have been securing the bonus points which have helped them climb the table.

The matches over the festive period will certainly put the strength of depth in the squad under scrutiny, as they follow the match against Rotherham with a home match against top of the table Bristol on 30th December.

Delaney continued, “We knew that we would have a run of tough fixtures during the festive period, so the players we bought in recently needed to add real quality to the squad. There is a lot of competition for places now and it’s good to have a number of players pushing for starting berths all across the field."

The Green and Whites will field the same team that took to the field against London Welsh with the exception of the front row, where Michael Holford comes in at prop for Matt Parr.

New signing Filipo Levi makes the bench and will be looking for his first appearance for the club.

Michael Holford, Joe Duffey, Ben Prescott, Craig Hammond (c), Nic Rouse
Sione Kalamafoni, Brent Wilson, Alex Shaw, Sean Romans, James Arlidge
Mike Penn, Juan Socino, Ayoola Erinle, Andy Savage, Kieran Hallett

Ollie Taylor, Matt Parr, Matt Shields, Lee Morley, Filipo Levi
Nathan Jones, Joe Munro


Monday 26 December 2011

Doncaster v Leeds Carnegie 15:30



Doncaster Knights have announced a new-look team to take on Leeds Carnegie in this Boxing Day fixture at Castle Park.

 Newcomer Fred Burdon, who has impressed at centre, takes the fly-half jersey as Mike Wshitehead and Tom Luke remain on the injury list with David McIlwaine reverting to his preferred position of full-back.

 The match also sees the return of two key players, with PJ Gidlow and Alex Brown both starting after shaking off ankle injuries.

 The Knights have beaten Leeds in both League and Cup this season yet their Yorkshire neighbours have improved drastically from a poor start to the season and have claimed the scalps of several sides in the top half of the table.

Following morale-boosting victories over London Scottish and Cornish Pirates in recent weeks, Doncaster go into the game knowing that a win would see them leapfrog seventh-placed Leeds in the table. With everything to play for, the match promises to be a high-intensity encounter.


Doncaster Knights
15 David McIlwaine 14 Dougie Flockhart 13 Oli Goss 12 PJ Gidlow
11 Michael Keating 10 Fred Burdon 9 Chris Hallam
1 Tom Davies 2 Steve Boden 3 Alex Brown 4 Matt Challinor
5 Dominic Parsons 6 Latu Makaafi 7 Zack Farivaarz 8 Chris Planchant

16 Royce Burke-Flynn 17 Jack Yeandle 18 Glen Kenworthy 19 Andy Boyde
20 Michael Noone 21 Ben Toft 22 Michael Bateman

Leeds Carnegie


Leeds Carnegie prop Mike MacDonald is set to become only the seventh player in the club’s 20 year history to make 100 league appearances when he leads the side at Doncaster on Boxing Day.

MacDonald joined Leeds in 2006 and has made 83 appearances in the starting line up and a further 16 off the bench. Earlier this year he became the most capped player of all time for the USA at the World Cup in New Zealand and will captain Leeds against the Knights on Boxing Day.

MacDonald follows in the footsteps of Mike Shelley (209), Rob Rawlinson (163), Tom Palmer (152), Mark Luffman (127, Rhys Oakley (107) and Kearnan Myall (104).

Head Coach Diccon Edwards has made two enforced changes to the side that defeated Cornish Pirates in their last outing in the Championship. Scott Freer comes in at hooker for Andy Titterrell, who has joined Aviva Premiership side Sale on loan.

The two players that moved in the opposite direction as part of that deal, Will Cliff and Jordan Davies, are amongst the replacements for the game at Doncaster. Whilst centre Joe Barker is ruled out as a precaution after suffering a minor groin injury recently, Scott Barrow comes in at centre.

Also on the bench, Phil Nilsen is back available after his two game suspension and Sam Lockwood returns in place of Cameron Zeiss.


Leeds Carnegie
15. Tommy Bell 14. Michael Stephenson 13. Iain Thornley 12. Scott Barrow
11. Pete Lucock 10. Joe Ford 9. Craig Hampson
1. Mike MacDonald (c) 2. Scott Freer 3. Kane Palma-Newport 4. Dan Hemingway
5. Sean Hohneck 6. Ryan Burrows 7. Jacob Rowan 8. Danny Paul

16. Phil Nilsen 17. Sam Lockwood 18. Mo Mustafa 19. Tom Denton
20. Richard Beck 21. Will Cliff 22. Jordan Davies

London Welsh v Esher 14:00

London Welsh


London Welsh - preview and team news wil be posted as soon as we receive the press release







Esher have been boosted by the return of Harlequins whizzkids Ross Chisholm and Will Collier for the big Boxing Day showdown at local rivals London Welsh.

Fullback Chisholm, 21, and tighthead prop Collier, 20, have both recovered from long-term injuries and go straight into the squad for the trip to Old Deer Park.

Esher chief Mike Schmid hopes the dynamic duo will galvanise a side still hunting a first Championship win of the season.

Esher have lost 14 straight league games to leave them 16 points adrift of Plymouth and are desperate for a lift ahead of the relegation play-offs in March.

England Under-20s prop Collier has been out after suffering shoulder ligament damage in pre-season while Chisholm has been struggling with an ankle injury.

But both came through the Harlequins A side’s 15-6 victory over London Wasps on Monday and Schmid has named both in the squad to face the Exiles.

Schmid said: “It will be great to have them back. Both are high-quality players and will lift the spirits of the guys around them.

“Ross is an unbelievable competitor, whether it’s in training or in a match, while Will is a very good scrummager and mobile tighthead.

“We have very high expectations of the impact they will have on the whole team.”

Esher have just eight league games remaining and badly need wins with each one worth a point going into the four-team relegation play-offs.

Third-placed Welsh will be hot favourites to inflict a league double on Esher but Schmid insists his side can spring a shock if they show the right attitude.

He said: “We have to make sure we have the right mindset and ensure we are scrapping and fighting for everything.

“At this time of the year with the festive season it’s often about the mental state of the players and they will not be giving us much respect because of our league position.

“We gave them a run for their money at home, where they scored two tries from rebounds off the posts, so we believe we can cause them problems.”

Schmid rested most of his first-team players last weekend as a largely second-string side lost 40-14 in their final British and Irish Cup game at Aberavon.

And the Molesey Road chief believes the rest will have done his players the world of good. He added: “Many of the guys have not had a week off since early August so it was important for them to re-charge their batteries mentally and physically.

“But we must make sure we play smart rugby against Welsh. They play a rush defence so we have to be switched on in our decision-making.

“But that system does leave spaces and if we can get our execution right, we can be in the game.”


15 Ross Chisholm 14 Charlie Walker 13 Phil Mackenzie 12 Arran Cruickshanks
11 Andy Wright 10 Mark Atkinson 9 Jamie Mackenzie
1 Dave Millard 2 Stuart Mackie 3 Cameron Zeiss 4 Ian Kench 5 Matt Symons
6 Mike Macfarlane 7 Sam Stitcher - Capt. 8 Chris Goodman

16 James Campbell 17 Will Collier 18 Shawn Renwick 19 John Downey
20 Geoff Griffiths 21 Nicky little 22 Andy Garner


Moseley v London Scottish 15:00



For the visit of Championship newcomers London Scottish.Moseley keep faith with the fifteen who beat Esher away in their last Championship match.

In the corresponding fixture played at Richmond Athletic Ground, Scottish took all the points on offer, following a below-par performance by the Birmingham side.

Coach Kevin Maggs was unhappy with his side on that occasion and is expecting a big reaction. “We were well beaten, and deservedly so, when we played at Richmond”, he said. “On Monday we will be playing in front of a big holiday crowd, and I expect the players to rise to the occasion”.

For Moseley, the B&I Cup was not a priority this season, with the final league position in the Championship being the only important target.

To this end many of the 22 players who have started recent games were rested, giving other players an opportunity to press their cases for inclusion in the team for this week’s match.

Unfortunately except in isolated cases, it has to be said that on the whole they failed to seize their chances

The team will be going for a hat trick of regular season Championship wins in a row, something which has not happened since February 2008. More importantly the key objective will be to take four (or preferably five) points from a team in the same part of the league.

This will not be an easy fixture especially with the one point relegation play off point gainable from a win potentially being crucial at the end of the season


1. Tom Warren, 2.Adam Caves, 3. Craig Voisey, 4.Dan Sanderson
5.Paul Spivey, 6. Neil Mason, 7. Chevvy Pennycook, 8. Michael Ellery
09. Ryan Glynn, 10. Bradley Davies, 11. Billy Robinson, 12.Andy Reay
13.Greg King, 14. Brad Hunt, 15. Anthony Carter

16. Anton O’donnell,17. Colin Quigley, 18. Charlie Thomas, 19 Michael Maltman
20.Ryan De La Harpe, 21.Ollie Thomas, 22 Mike Gillick.

London Scottish


London Scottish will be looking to build on the success of their win against Melrose in the British & Irish Cup.

The team will be going into this match, buoyed by the news that they have strengthened their squad through the addition of Canada World Cup back row player Adam Kleeburger until the end of the season and former Scotland A winger Mark Robertson on a short term deal.

Canadian World Cup star Adam Kleeberger makes his London Scottish debut at Moseley following his move from British Columbia Bears.

Kleeberger is joined in the starting line up by fellow internationalists Agustin Gosio and Ben MacDougall, as Scottish look for a victory against a Moseley team that only lies 3 points ahead in the Championship table.

In the last meeting between the two sides, Scottish ran out 37-21 winners. Double try scorer on that day Dan Mugford returns to the starting line up at 10, and Willie Lipp retains his place at 8 following his impressive showing against Melrose in the British and Irish Cup.

There is a place on the bench for Scotland Sevens wing Mark Robertson, who has joined on a short term deal until the end of January.


In Other Scottish news,Former Scotland and British and Irish Lions stand-off/centre Gregor Townsend, who is the Scotland attack coach, has joined up with London Scottish this week to provide some additional coaching master-classes for the 1st XV squad.

His involvement at Richmond represents the latest element to London Scottish’s increasing interaction with Scottish Rugby. Along with the short-term signing of Scotland Sevens wing Mark Robertson until the end of January, welcoming a coach with the experience of Gregor Townsend to assist with the squad represented a real coup for Scottish.

Head Coach Simon Amor was delighted to get Townsend’s input. He said: “Gregor’s involvement this week was great for the players. Having someone with his experience and world-class coaching ability has really helped to develop standards amongst the squad, and allowed us to work on some key points with individuals.

Full Story www.londonscottish.com

London Scottish
15. Stuart Peel 14. Agustin Gosio 13. Ben MacDougall 12. Charlie Hayter
11. Ryan Westren 10. Dan Mugford 9. Simon Amor
8. Willie Lipp 7. Anthony Andrews 6. Adam Kleeberger 5. Josh Thomas Brown
4. Steve Pape 3. Aaron Liffchak 2. Tom Standfield 1. Alex Clarke

16. Ross Grimstone 17. Lewis Thiede 18. Alex Karonias 19. Ben Lonergan
20. Matt Heeks 21. James Brown 22. Mark Robertson