RFU Championship News

October 26th

RFU Championship News 26th October


RFU Championship News Friday 26th October 2012

Round 7 Teams & Previews
Plus news and comment from around the clubs and what the papers say.

Friday 26 October 2012
Doncaster v Moseley 19:45
Newcastle v Rotherham Titans 20:00

Saturday 27 October 2012
Jersey v London Scottish 14:00
Plymouth Albion v Nottingham 15:00

Sunday 28 October 2012
Bristol v Bedford 15:00
Cornish Pirates v Leeds Carnegie 14:30

Doncaster v Moseley - Friday 19:45

Doncaster Knights Moseley Doncaster v Moseley
Friday 26th October
Castle Park
Kick Off 7:45pm



Doncaster Knights

Following last week’s emphatic victory over Nottingham, Knights DOR, Brett Davey has elected to go with an almost identical back division to the one that performed so well at Meadow Lane.

The only differences in the team for this crucial Championship encounter are the selection of speedster Tyson Lewis to replace Dan Smith who is recovering from a knee injury. Whilst up front, loose-head Tom Davies replaces debutant Jack Bergmanas -who takes his place on the bench - and  the inclusion of new DR signing, Leicester Tigers prop forward Keiran Brookes at No. 3.

Brookes joins the Knights on a dual registration agreement and comes with a wealth of experience. The 22-year-old accumulated over 40 appearances with Newcastle Falcons before joining the Tigers and has also represented England and Ireland Under 20s and the England Saxons.

After gaining their first win of the season against Nottingham last time out, confidence is high at Castle Park and Head Coach Glen Kenworthy believes the Knights have turned their fortunes around.

“The lads are in really good spirits and I’m positive we are a good enough team to beat Moseley at home.

“Last weekend so many players stood up and played exceptionally; if we do that again we can beat any opposition in this league.”

Doncaster Knights
15) Jamie Lennard 14) Dougie Flockhart 13) Dante Mama 12) Will Simpson
11) Tyson Lewis 10) Tom Luke 9) Louis Silver
1) Tom Davies 2) Rhys Buckley 3) Keiran Brookes 4) Matt Challinor ©
5) Dominic Parsons 6) Adam Kettle 7) Jethro Rawling 8) Chris Planchant

16) Jack Bermanas, 17) Ben Sowery, 18) Brian McGovern 19) Andy Boyde
20) Sam Pailor, 21) Chris Hallam, 22) James Tincknell


Having dispatched both Llanelli and London Scottish with maximum points in their British & Irish Cup Pool fixtures, Moseley will be keen to maintain winning ways. However they must still be smarting from their last outing in the League when they suffered a heavy defeat against Newcastle Falcons at Billesley Common.

Kevin Maggs has made just two changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow’s match, with hooker Sam Wilkes getting his first league start at the expense of Adam Caves, and Addison Lockley returning to the second-row.

In recent matches against Doncaster honours have been fairly even, and last year’s games went with home advantage.

Maggs was sanguine about the match. “Although Doncaster got their first win only last week, they have been playing good football and with better fortune would be above us in the League. We will have to be at the peak of our form to get the win we want”, he said.

1. Steffan Thorpe; 2. Sam Wilkes; 3. Craig Voisey; 4. Buster Lawrence
5. Addison Lockley; 6.Neil Mason; 7. Oliver Robinson; 8.Ben Pienaar
09. Sam Brown; 10. Brad Davies; 11 Brad Hunt
12.Anthony Carter; 13. Simon Hunt; 14. Oliver Thomas; 15. Billy Robinson

16. Adam Caves;17. Chaz Medic; 18. Ben Pons; 19. Nigel Burrows
20.Ryan Glynn; 21.Charlie Hayter; 22. Anders Mogenson

What The Papers Say

The Star
Doncaster Knights boss Brett Davey is looking to his charges to back up last weekend’s B & I Cup win at Nottingham in tomorrow’s clash against fellow strugglers Moseley.

“We are now getting a better understanding of what we are looking to achieve. Not for one minute am I saying that we’ve turned the corner and we know that we need to back up the performance at Meadow Lane in the league in the coming weeks and climb up the table. But it was certainly encouraging.

“The pack played well and that gave the half-backs the chance to shine. Scrum-half Louis Silver has come in this season and has shown up really well and (fly-half) Tom Luke has come back from injury in the last couple of weeks and he also showed up well last Friday.

Full Story: www.thestar.co.uk

Other News This Week

Rhys Buckley Hearing
A Rugby Football Union Disciplinary Panel met at the Leeds Brighouse Holiday Inn last night (Thursday, October 25, 2012) and ruled on the following case:

Doncaster Knights' Rhys Buckley, who appeared for acts contrary to good sportsmanship contrary to Law 10.4(m) in that he received two yellow cards in the RFU Championship fixture, Leeds Carnegie v Doncaster Knights on October 6, 2012, was suspended for one week. Having already served a club suspension, he can play again immediately.

The Panel comprised Antony Davies (chair), assisted by John Loughton and David Macinnes.

Newcastle v Rotherham Titans - Friday 20:00

Newcastle FalconsRotherham Titans Newcastle v Rotherham Titans
Friday 26th October
Kingston Park
Kick Off 8pm

Newcastle Falcons

Falcons have made one change for tonight’s  clash with Rotherham Titans at Kingston Park. Promising youngster Zach Kibirige starts on the wing as the Falcons aim to make it nine wins out of nine in all competitions this season.

The Yarm-born flyer, who turns 18 this weekend, impressed Falcons boss Dean Richards in the northeasterners’ 52-5 victory over Cross Keys in the British and Irish Cup a fortnight ago.

Crossing the whitewash on his debut, the Teesider will be hoping for more of the same when the South Yorkshiremen are in town.

Fresh from his call-up to the Scotland squad for their autumn tests, Rory Lawson starts at scrum-half alongside Jimmy Gopperth, who takes to the field at fly-half.

Tane Tu’ipulotu and Alex Crockett retain their place in the centres, while Alex Tait pulls on the No.15 jersey for the first time in the Championship following impressive displays in the British and Irish Cup.

It is as you were in the pack as Richards names the same forward line that defeated Connacht 34-3 last week.

Chris York gets a place on the bench after a spell on the sideline with a hand injury with Mark Wilson ruled out of the squad through illness. 18-year-old Scott Wilson is amongst the replacements as he continues his rugby education on Tyneside.

“Rotherham are a big side not only in the pack but in the backline too, and I don’t think we have come up against anything like that this season,” said director of rugby Richards.

He added: “I think it is going to be a dry night on Friday and hopefully we will get a good crowd at the game. On these colder nights the atmosphere is even better and I’m really looking forward to the game.

“We’ve just got to continue the winning streak and get the continuity going in respect to how we want to play. It isn’t always the same for every game, and we do change our style of play in accordance with the opposition – not massively but just little bits and pieces.”

With hot prospects Kibirige earning a place in the starting XV, Richards said: “The chance to blood  Zach Kibirige has been absolutely fantastic for us.

“Now he gets a chance to play his first RFU Championship game and we are keen to see what he can do at this level.

“Having Zach and Scott Wilson involved in recent week really does go to show the strength in depth in the region.”

Newcastle Falcons:
15 Alex Tait, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Alex Crockett, 12 Tane Tu’ipulotu
11 Tom Catterick, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Rory Lawson
1 Jonny Golding, 2 Rob Vickers, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 4 Carlo del Fava, 5 Scott MacLeod, 6 Richard Mayhew, 7 Will Welch, 8 Ally Hogg

16 Matt Thomson, 17 James Hall, 18 Sean Tomes, 19 Chris York
20 Jordi Pasqualin, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 James Fitzpatrick

Rotherham Titans

Rotherham Titans injury list is showing few signs of abatement as they prepare to take on Championship leaders Newcastle Falcons..

In addition to Neale Patrick, Latu Makaafi, Laurence Pearce and Pale Nonu; Barney Maddison is expected to be unavailable for a sustained period of time as he prepares for surgery on his knee. Added to the Titans woes, Rory Pitman suffered a fractured eye socket in last week match against Plymouth Albion and will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Titans make 7 changes ahead the difficult challenge of facing last season’s Premiership club Newcastle Falcons. In the back line Peter Homan returns from injury and starts on the wing, whilst Jimmy Williams gets a recall at scrum half.

In the forwards, Titans change their front row with Shane Cahill, Dan Baines and Ross Davies all returning to the side, whilst in the back row Carl Kirwan comes in at open side, with Alex Rieder going to number 8 for the injured Rory Pitman.

Titans have played Newcastle in 6 previous league encounters, 4 of which were in the Premiership, but have lost out on every occasion. The last time the two sides met was at Don Valley stadium in May 2004; in front of an attendance of 5,203, Titans suffered a narrow 20-26 defeat. Only Lee Blackett remains at Rotherham from the 22 that day.

With just one defeat in their previous 7 outings Rotherham are in good form, however, no one at the club is underestimating just how difficult a task it is going to Kingston Park.

As a result of fitness checks Titans have made some late positional changes to the team to play at Newcastle, although the same 22 are involved.

15 Fergus Mulchrone, 14 Peter Homan, 13 Lee Blackett, 12 Garry Law (Capt.)
11 Eamonn Sheridan, 10 James McKinney, 9 Jimmy Williams
1 Shane Cahill, 2 Dan Baines, 3 Ross Davies, 4 Toby Freeman
5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Nile Dacres, 7 Carl Kirwan, 8 Alex Rieder.

16 Ted Stagg, 17 Jamie Kilbane, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Joe Ellyatt
20 Mike Doneghan, 21 Joel Gill, 22 Charlie Mulchrone.

What The Papers Say

The Journal
Jimmy Gopperth returns to the fly-half berth against Rotherham, telling Mark (Ramshackle) Smith, his Newcastle Falcons side must keep their eyes firmly on the road.

LIFE at No 10 can have its ups and downs – just ask David Cameron – but for Jimmy Gopperth it seems there is nowhere he would rather be.

Newcastle Falcons’ points machine has been diplomacy personified during his recent stint at full-back, but will be “back in the saddle” for this evening’s visit of Rotherham, calling the shots at Kingston Park once more.

Full Story www.journallive.co.uk

The Star
Rotherham Titans’ injury crisis is worsening and several major players will miss tonight’s Championship clash against league leaders Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.

Coach Andre Bester may now need to bring in new players to cover for the latest injuries if the club’s ambition of finishing in the top four of the Championship is to be achieved.

Despite the injuries, Rotherham’s forwards should be competitive against Newcastle, and although the second row of Toby Freeman and Dan Sanderson will be facing far tougher opponents than last week’s, this pair are capable of winning ball and taking it on.

Full Story www.thestar.co.uk

In Other News

The Rotherham Advertiser
The Advertiser says Andre Bester will lose his job next week at Titans.

That’s unless a last-gasp attempt to heal a rift between the colourful coach and the Clifton Lane board can be healed.

Bester will meet Lane directors Nick Cragg and Martin Jenkinson, the men who brought him back to the club in a blaze of publicity 30 months ago, on Monday at a disciplinary hearing.

Bester will be in charge for tonight's toughie away to Championship leaders Newcastle. 

Full Story www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk

The Journal
Mark (Ramshackle) Smith, writing in the Journal, says: thanks to months of lobbying, an internet campaign and the assistance of thirsty supporters, Kingston Park will usher in a new era against Rotherham this Friday when real ale makes a long-awaited re-appearance.

Over 4,700 views on the club’s unofficial fans’ forum make the great ale debate by far the most discussed topic since the Championship kick-off, and the club have taken note.

You can’t have your head in the sand and ignore what your supporters want,” said executive director Paul Varley

“Listening to that and acting on it is an important part of what we are about. Don’t get me wrong – we can’t do every single thing our supporters might want us to do. A classic case is that some want us to play on Fridays and some prefer Sundays, so you can’t please all of those people all of the time.

“Certainly getting real ale into the stadium on match day is one of the areas where we have responded to key messages made by supporters on a consistent basis, and it is great that we can do that this Friday for the visit of Rotherham.

Full Story www.journallive.co.uk

Jersey v London Scottish - Saturday 2pm

Jersey Rugby London ScottishJersey v London Scottish
Saturday 27th October
St Peter
Kick Off 2pm



Jersey will be seeking their first Championship win in seven attempts in a bid to keep in touch with 11th-placed Doncaster, or perhaps even move above the Knights depending on Friday’s results.

Ben Harvey keeps faith with most of his personnel from the successful trip to Yorkshire, as Jersey look to bring their improved cup form into the league.

In the forwards, skipper Nathan Hannay and his predecessor Paul Rodgers return to the starting XV, swapping places with Dave Markham and James Voss, who both return to the bench.

In the backs, the only change to the starting XV see Brendan O'Brien (above) come in for Dave McCormack, the same switch that occurred in the 25th minute of the Leeds game when McCormack suffered a groin injury.

"The players who were in action last weekend really stepped up and deserve another chance," states Harvey. "Brendan had a great game to cancel out the blow of losing an influential player like 'Macca'.

"Nathan had an hour's rest at the start of the Leeds game, and then another 10 minutes in the sin-bin after he came on, so he is fresh and raring to make a positive impact this weekend."

1 Sean McCarthy 2 Steve Boden 3 James Gethings 4 Rob Anderson
5 Nathan Hannay (capt) 6 Paul Rodgers 7 Kingsley Lang 8 Guy Thompson
9 Brendan O'Brien 10 Mike Le Bourgeois 11 Ed Dawson
12 Ashley Maggs 13 Donovan Sanders 14 James Copsey 15 Glenn Bryce

16 Richard Barrington 17 Jon Brennan 18 James Voss 19 Dave Markham
20 Nick Trower 21 Ed Tellwright 22 Barry Davies

London Scottish

London Scottish head to Jersey this Saturday in search of their first away win of the season.

Scottish make three changes to the backline from their 37-41 defeat to Moseley in the B&I Cup, with Dave McCall and Miles Mantella replacing James Love and Gerard Mullen on the wings and Andy Reay drops to the bench with Oli Grove replacing him at outside centre.

In the front row, props Mark Irish and Aaron Liffchak come in for Alex Clarke and Colin Quigley and there is one change in the second row, with Paul Spivey replacing Sam Twomey.

Director of Rugby Simon Amor has paid credit to his side’s opponents and their progress in recent years: “Jersey’s rise through the leagues has been very similar to London Scottish’s. What has been achieved in recent seasons under the guidance of Ben Harvey, who I have huge respect for as a coach, has been fantastic.

“We are aware of how difficult a place it is to go and play at Jersey, and we will have to be at our absolute very best in both attack and defence to get a result.”

London Scottish
15 Jim Thompson 14 Dave McCall 13 Oli Grove 12 PJ Gidlow
11 Miles Mantella 10 Phil Godman 9 Richard Bolt
1 Mark Irish 2 Adam Kwasnicki 3 Aaron Liffchak 4 Paul Spivey
5 Tyler Hotson 6 Chevvy Pennycook 7 Ben Lonergan 8 Mark Bright

16 Alex Clarke 17 Marcus Bloomberg 18 Colin Quigley 19 Alex Karonias
20 Ben Russell 21 Ross Samson 22 Andy Reay

Plymouth Albion v Nottingham - Saturday 3pm

Plymouth Albion NottinghamPlymouth Albion v Nottingham
Saturday 27th October
Kick Off 3pm

Plymouth Albion

Albion revert back to a more familiar looking line-up when Nottingham visit Brickfields on Saturday.

Albion used last week's British & Irish Cup match to give some of their squad players a chance to impress.

However, only experienced flanker Wayne Sprangle and utility back Paul Bailey keep their starting places from last week's defeat at Rotherham.

Fourth-placed Albion are able to welcome back scrum-half Paul Rowley for the first time in a month following injury, while Canadian international Aaron Carpenter also returns to Plymouth's starting line-up.

Saturday's game will see Albion coach Nat Saumi come up against his former Pirates team-mate Martin Haag, who is now coach at Nottingham.

Games between Albion and Nottingham at Brickfields have traditionally been close and Saumi expects the Green and Whites, who sit just one place above his side in the table, to offer a hard test.

"It will be a tough game," said Saumi.

But the Albion coach hopes his team can continue their unbeaten run at home in the Championship.

"We have got five league games before we have another break for the cup and it is important to try and start this period on a high at home," he said.

Plymouth Albion
15 Henry Slade 14 Lewis Warner 13 Paul Bailey 12 Bevon Armitage
11 Jack Arnott 10 Paul Roberts 9 Paul Rowley
1 David Morton 2 Jon Vickers 3 Lloyd Fairbrother 4 Brett Beukeboom
5 Sean-Michael Stephen (c) 6 Sam Hocking 7 Wayne Sprangle 8 Aaron Carpenter

Ruairi Cushion, Keni Fisilau, Ben Rogers, Jack Andrew
Tom Cowan-Dickie, Harrison Tovey, Sam Matavesi


Alex Shaw Alex Shaw says Nottingham are determined to pick up from where they left off in the league.

The Green and Whites return to full-strength for the trip to the Brickfields to face Plymouth and will be keen to bounce back to winning ways after successive losses in the British and Irish Cup.

Despite the losses, Shaw said Nottingham will be travelling full of confidence having climbed to third spot on the RFU Championship ladder with big home wins at Meadow Lane over Jersey and London Scottish before the two week cross-border competition hiatus.

Shaw said: “Losing two on the bounce is never a positive thing, but this week has been completely concentrated on Plymouth and our record in the league.

“We know we can bounce back with a good performance this week after a lot of different things were tried and a lot of changes were made in the Cup games.”

The shot of optimism comes in the form of the 11 changes to the starting XV.

Shaw moves back to No. 8 with Dan Montagu shuffling into the second row to rejoin Nic Rouse.

Captain Brent Wilson and flanker Rupert Cooper team up with Shaw in the back row. Props Matt Parr and Michael Holford anchor the pack alongside Joe Duffey once again.

The first choice half back partnership of Sean Romans and James Arlidge is reunited, as Andrew Savage takes his place at full-back and the evergreen David Jackson gets the nod on the right wing.

Centre Joe Cobden’s strong performance against Llandovery on the opening day of the Cup sees him replace the injured Tim Streather.

Alex Lewington makes his first appearance for Nottingham this season, coming in for the injured Rhys Crane.

The inclusion of centre Jack Bradford on the bench is a clear indication that Nottingham head coach Martin Haag got a significant insight into the depth and breadth of talent at his disposal.

Shaw added: “A lot of positives came from those losses.

“There are a lot of players that didn’t play a lot of minutes before the Cup games, and now they have the benefit of seeing some very tough action and going through the patterns as well.”

15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Joe Cobden 12 Joe Munro
11 Alex Lewington 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans
1 Matt Parr 2 Joe Duffey 3 Michael Holford 4 Dan Montagu
5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson 8 Alex Shaw.

 16 Scott Wright 17 Jonny Harris 18 Joe Quinn 19 Tom Calladine
20 Finlay Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Jack Bradford.

What The Papers Say

The Herald
Plymouth Albion will be looking to return to winning ways tomorrow after losing their last three matches.

However, they are still unbeaten in the Championship at home and coach Nat Saumi hopes his team can keep that record  going against a Nottingham side who sit third in the table – one place above Albion.

"Martin Haag is their coach and I know him very well having played with him at the Pirates.

"It will be a tough game. The boys have to play for a full 80 minutes and get some urgency in their game."

After shipping 140 points in their last three games, Saumi knows his team have to tighten up defensively. "This week it is about our defence," he said."We have to close space down and make those first-up tackles.

Full Story www.thisisplymouth.co.uk

Nottingham Post
Nottingham's 'B&I babies' might have crashed in the Cup – but head coach Martin Haag is confident the Green and Whites can continue their flying start in the Championship.

The Greens go to The Brickfields third in every way in the Championship.

Haag is pleased with his side's start to the season – but believes they must improve if they want to stay in the top-three and qualify for the promotion play-offs.

"We're in a good place – but I have to admit, we wanted to have a few more points after the first six games than we've got," he said.

"We have set ourselves goals for the various stages of this Championship and we're a little bit behind those.

Having rested a lot of his key players since their last league game against Jersey, Haag is confident they will be refreshed and raring to go against Plymouth and then Bristol, Newcastle, Doncaster and Cornish Pirates – and that they can quickly get back into their stride.

Full Story www.thisisnottingham.co.uk

Bristol v Bedford - Sunday 3pm

Bristol RugbyBedford Blues Bristol v Bedford
Sunday 28th October
Memorial Ground
Kick Off 3pm




Bristol Rugby return to RFU Championship action on Sunday, when unbeaten Bedford Blues make the trip to the Memorial Stadium.

Jack Tovey makes his fiftieth league appearance for the Club, returning from an injury lay-off to start at full back.

Liam Middleton makes three further changes to the side that overcame Ulster 34-28 last weekend, as Mike Tagicakibau, Kyle Traynor and Roy Winters are all included.

In the front row, Gaston Cortes is set for his first RFU Championship appearance after two successive B&I Cup starts.

Bristol name a strong replacements bench, with Iain Grieve, George Watkins and Adrian Jarvis named in the 22-man squad.

Bristol Rugby
Jack Tovey; Ryan Edwards, Luke Eves, Ben Mosses, Mike Tagicakibau
Tristan Roberts, James Grindal (c); Kyle Traynor, Ross Johnston, Gaston Cortes
Ben Glynn, Roy Winters, Redford Pennycook, James Merriman, Mitch Eadie.

Tom Channon, Bruce Douglas, Glen Townson, Iain Grieve
Ruki Tipuna, Adrian Jarvis, George Watkins.


Bedford head into this game in good shape after their unbeaten start to the season whilst Bristol have had it far tougher and currently sit in ninth place with two wins and four defeats.

However the Blues are under no illusions about what’s ahead and they are expecting a huge challenge come 3pm on Sunday.

Forwards coach Martin Hynes said: “We are really looking forward to this weekend and the test that it will bring. Bristol will want to get back to winning ways after three Championship defeats in a row and they will be pretty desperate to put in a good performance in front of their fans.

We must respond to this by taking our own intensity and accuracy up several notches. There will no doubt be key moments in the game and we must make sure we are the ones nailing them.

“Our hardest task of the week has been selection. Each and every member of the squad has put their hand up and the competition for places has been as fierce as I can remember, right across the board. Long may that continue!”

15. James Pritchard (c) 14. James Stephenson 13. Brendan Burke 12. Henry Staff
11. Josh Bassett 10. Jake Sharp 9. Luke Baldwin
1. Darren Fearn 2. Neil Cochrane 3. Phil Boulton 4. Paul Tupai
5. Mike Howard 6. Gregor Gillanders 7. Sacha Harding 8. Don Barrell

16. Scott Spurling, 17. Dan Seal, 18. Alex Rae, 19. Darren Fox
20. Darryl Veenendaal, 21. Mark Atkinson, 22. Ben Ransom

What The Papers Say

The Bristol Post
LIAM Middleton has urged his Bristol players to take confidence from the fact they did not concede a single try against Bedford last season.

The unbeaten Blues visit the Memorial Stadium on Sunday and are averaging almost seven tries a game in all competitions this season.

In the Championship alone, they have crossed 34 times in six games, and are matching league leaders Newcastle for points – averaging 42.33 a match.

But head coach Middleton has reminded his players that they twice shut Bedford out last term, winning 17-15 at Goldington Road in October and 26-6 at the Memorial Stadium in December.

Full Story //www.thisisbristol.co.uk

Bedford Today
Bedford Blues take on Bristol at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday in a match that starts a run of games that could shape their season, writes Michael Hann in the Times &Citizen.

The Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer is well aware of how crucial the next few weeks could be when they take on Bristol followed by Newcastle.

He said: “I guess we would we be lying if we didn’t think these next four or five weeks are going to be the toughest part of the season for us so far.

“We’re looking forward to these couple of weeks as we will know even more about ourselves and they are two huge tests there is no doubt about that.”

Full Story www.bedfordtoday.co.uk

Cornish Pirates v Leeds Carnegie - Sunday 14:30

Cornish PiratesLeeds CarnegieCornish Pirates v Leeds Carnegie
Sunday 28th October
Mennaye Field
Kick Off 2:30pm

This Match Will Be Shown Live On Pirates TV

Cornish Pirates

With Halloween all but upon us the Cornish Pirates will be looking to give Leeds Carnegie a real fright, but in what is likely to be a high tempo affair they also know it'll be tough, as it should be.

To add extra spice to the game, four former Pirates, namely wing David Doherty, scrum-half James Doherty, and locks Mike Myerscough and Matt Smith could well feature for the visiting Yorkshire side against a home team that will be led for the second week running by No. 8 Laurie McGlone.

Changes in the line-up from the team that enjoyed Cup success last week in Scotland, sees front-row returns for prop Alan Paver and hooker Rob Elloway, whilst Gary Johnson will partner Darren Barry in the second-row.

Four returning backs are fly-half Kieran Hallett, wing Matt Evans, who is the equal top try-scorer in the Championship this season and the centre pairing of Junior Fatialofa and Tom Riley.

Club captain Gavin Cattle has returned to fitness and is named on the bench.

Cornish Pirates:
J. Nowell, G. Pointer, T. Riley, J. Fatialofa, M. Evans
K. Hallett, T. Kessell, L. McGlone (capt), P. Burgess, B. Maidment
G. Johnson, D. Barry, A. Paver, R. Elloway, P. Andrew.

R. Storer, J. Yeandle, B. Prescott, D. Lyons, G. Cattle, A. Penberthy, W. Davies.

Match Officials
Referee:   David Rose (RFU)
Assistants:   Tom Foley & Roger Baileff

Leeds Carnegie

Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Diccon Edwards has made ten changes to his starting line to face the  Cornish Pirates

Edwards has brought in a new front row, second row and half back pairing from the side that lost to Jersey in the British & Irish Cup at York last Sunday.

Stevie McColl returns to the side at full back with Josh Griffin back at centre after a bought of tonsillitis. Curtis Wilson comes back on the wing with Joe Ford overcoming injury to return at fly half and will also take over the kicking duties again. James Doherty will face his former club after coming at scrum half.

Mike Myerscough, along with the two Doherty's will be facing the side they helped to the Championship Final last season, whilst Matt Smith is amongst the replacements.

Leeds Carnegie
15. Stevie McColl 14. Curtis Wilson 13. Josh Griffin 12. Fred Burdon
11. David Doherty 10. Joe Ford 9. James Doherty
1. Sam Lockwood 2. Joe Graham 3. Damien Tussac 4. Calum Green
5. Mike Myerscough 6. Richard Beck 7. Chris Walker  8. Jacob Rowan (c)

16. Phil Nilsen 17. Ben Harris 18. Ben Hooper 19. Matt Smith
20. Rob Baldwin 21. Craig Hampson 22. Oli Goss