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Ealing Trailfinders

VS

Cornish Pirates

25 March, 2023

News & Fixtures

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League / Cup

Championship Rugby Round 18

Stadium

Trailfinders Sports Club

Date

saturday, 25 March, 2023

Kick Off

15:00

Home

Ealing Trailfinders

Away

Cornish Pirates

A next fixture for the Cornish Pirates is a Round 18 league game away to Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday (ko 3pm).

 

The challenge for the Pirates, who have moved up to fifth in the RFU Championship table, will inevitably be a tough one against the present leaders, as they have not won a league game at the Trailfinders Sports Ground since emerging 22-16 winners in December 2016.

 

Changes in the Cornish Pirates starting line-up this weekend sees hooker Morgan Nelson getting the nod to make his first league start and Olly Adkins named at loose-head prop. Ben Grubb, who made his Pirates debut off the bench at London Scottish, is set to start in the number 8 shirt, James Fender returns on loan from Ospreys to partner Steele Barker in the second-row, and another returnee – fit again wing Robin Wedlake. Centre Rory Parata will once again skipper the side in the injured absence of club captain John Stevens, and listed among the replacements to provide backrow cover is Max Norey.

 

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s contest, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Alan Paver has commented:

 

“Fully understanding that Ealing Trailfinders form a strong side, and especially so at home, it will be important for us to approach the game in the right manner.

 

“We have picked up some bumps and bruises in training, and need to freshen up a couple of bodies this week, but having said that we also welcome certain guys back, some exciting young players, and as always we’ll travel well prepped.”

 

“The players know what is at stake and are going to get into the game and see what happens, which we need to do.”

 

Commenting with reference to Tommy Wyatt’s scheduled 50th appearance for the Cornish Pirates, Alan added:

 

“To make his 50th appearance in a relatively short space of time is a fine achievement.

 

“Tommy is very talented and has been a huge asset for us, so it’s great to welcome him back. He is still a young man, who I feel sure has a bright future in the elite game.”

Cornish Pirates Line Up

Starting 15

15

AJ Cant

14

Arthur Relton

13

Rory Parata (C)

12

Joe Elderkin

11

Robin Wedlake

10

Harry Bazalgette

9

Alex Schwarz

1

Olly Adkins

2

Morgan Nelson

3

Harvey Beaton

4

James Fender

5

Steele Barker

6

Alex Everett

7

Will Gibson

8

Ben Grubb

Replacements

16

Will Crane

17

Hayden King

18

Matt Johnson

19

Cory Teague

20

Max Norey

21

Ruaridh Dawson

22

Carwyn Penny

23

Garyn Smith