Both sides for the crucial first fixture of the season between Coventry and Ealing Trailfinders here at Butts Park Arena kick off 3pm have just been announced.
The Coventry side shows a starting line up of no fewer than 11 new signings including an all new front five. Unfortunately injuries in the Bedwas game have ruled out new signing No 8 Jacques Le Roux and centre James Otutaha who suffered broken hand. Tom Poole who usually plays lock, played last night in the pre season game against Broad Street in the back row and comes on to the replacements covering both lock and back row positions.
15 Ben Russell
14 Ben Toft
13 Greg Evans
12 Luke Myring (Vcapt)
11 James Whybrow
10 Cliffie Hodgson
9 Nathan Jones
1 Nico Steenkamp
2 Davy McGregor
3 Bronson Ross
4 Danny Wright
5 Scott Morgan ( capt)
6 Brett Daynes
7 Liam Munro
8 Matt Tibbatts
Rob Dugard fr
Matt Price fr
Ealing have announced a very strong side including new signings Andrew Henderson, Sam Shires and Steve Pape, as well as last season’s record scoring wingers Phil Chesters and Owen Bruynseels.
15 Peter Hodgkinson,14 Owen Bruynseels, 13 Andrew Henderson, 12 Tom Wheatcroft, 11 Phil Chesters, 10 Ben Ward, 9 Morgan Thompson, 1 Tim Tunnicliff, 2 Jon Moyce, 3 Tim Brockett, 4 Gavin Curry, 5 Steve Pape, 6 Matt Evans, 7 Anders Nilsson, 8 Sam Shires.
Replacements: 16 Richard Townsend, 17 Steven Neville, 18 Simon Gaynor, 19 Lee Starling, 20 Ronnie McLean.
Thoroughly looking forward to the first league game. Lets hope the new players can gel ok as a team. Its going to be very tough against Ealing, but I have a feeling we will sneak a close win. COME ON COV!!!!!!!!!!
A massive blow having james and jaques out injured already, however i suspected as much seeing his hand in bandage last night. Overall a good selection IMO, a couple in there i have doubts about, but not right to name names without seeing them play in a real competitive game. However i am surprised that Sam H hasnt been selected in the squad.
Now this is going to get confusing...
But Tom, can you confirm that Tom Harris, is the new Tom Harris, and Tommy Harris, who isnt selected is last years Tom, thanks Tom...
agreeing with my brother,big suprise to see a couple of the players in the starting line up.Others there name is on the team sheet before its printed.Pre season is over and counts for nothing now,the hard work begins and these performances are the ones that count.Its a big ask starting with ealing first game with so many new faces.
Tough game to start with. Ealing had an excellent 1st season in this league playing some great rugby. Would see them along with Blackheath as promotion favorites. Too early to comment on if the right players have been selected or not, lets just get behind them.
Cheer for me tomorrow guys, please, as I won't be there, but I desperately want us to start the season well.
I so much hope we don't start the game slowly, let them get ahead, and then spend the rest of the game playing catch up. If we can take the game to them right from the off we'll have an excellent chance of staying in front right through to the end.
Very best of luck Cov.
Covkid, in this age of simulation we could run an analysis and see who wins the league this year, could mean we don't have to sit out in the cold or travel from one end of the country to the other? And theleague could be decided this side of Xmas, save a lot of unneccesary expenditure!
Seriously, i find the predictors intreging and frustrating. All i want to see is that our lads give their all and make ELT suffer a little!
They will be looking for revenge from last years game but hope they come believing what all the predictors are saying and slip up big style!!!
It is going to be tough tomorrow, with Ealing surely coming to playing the wide expansive game with their dangerous backs, however if we get enough quality 1st phase possesion, play territory, then Daynsey and Tibbo will hurt the Ealing defence! Looking forward to the match although would have preferred an easier 1st game of the campaign to allow team to build confidence but not massively worried about any opposition this season if we play to our potential with injuries at a minimum and some much deserved luck along the way. Good Luck Cov !
Hope we have a good crowd today at the B.P.A
I can't see why we can't give Ealing a run for their money, if we get at them early enough in the game we could put doubt into a few of theri players.
Home win today would be great - and ever the optimist i think we will !
COME ON COV!!!!!!!!
hope the 2 young forwards, danny wright and liam munro, show up well today.
re danny, the under20 England side he played for in 2010 was pretty impressive
Tom Catterick, Will Hurrel; Jonathan Joseph, Tom Casson, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Sam Harrison, Joe Marler,Jamie George,Lee Imiolek, Danny Wright, Charlie Matthews, Will Welch, Jacob Rowan, Jackson Wray - with players like George Kruis and Shaun Knight on the bench.
would be great if he could fulfill some of that potential with Cov.
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