TEAM NEWS: EXETER CHIEFS V NEWCASTLE FALCONS

exeter chiefs logoTom Johnson is poised to become the latest addition to Exeter's Centurion Club when he starts tomorrow's Aviva Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park (3pm).

Signed from Coventry in 2007, the all-action back-row forward and supporters' player of the year will join current team-mates Richard Baxter, Neil Clark, James Hanks and Haydn Thomas, plus head coach Rob Baxter in reaching the magical milestone.

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FISILAU POISED FOR RECORD-SETTING START

plymouth albion rfc crestPopular Plymouth Albion centre Keni Fisilau is set to break the club record for most league appearances in tomorrow's Championship opener at home to Esher (Brickfields, 1500).

The 35-year-old Tongan international - who is set to make his 189th appearance - has just completed 10 years at Albion and will form a new-look centre partnership with former Esher player Bevon Armitage.

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GRIEVE BACK FOR BRISTOL'S TOP OF TABLE CLASH

bristol rugby logoFit-again Bristol Rugby skipper Iain Grieve is set to start tomorrow's top-of-the-table RFU Championship clash against London Welsh at the Memorial Stadium (1945).

Grieve has recovered from the ear infection that has sidelined him since the win over Bedford Blues and replaces Marco Mama at number eight in tomorrow's starting XV.

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SIX SOUTH WEST STARTERS IN UNDER 18 TEST XV

England U18 head into the final match of their southern hemisphere tour hoping to make it three wins from three when they play Australia Schools at Ignatius College on Sunday, kick off 5am (UK time).

Head Coach John Fletcher has made nine changes from the side that beat Australia A Schools 27-0 on Wednesday and says that the squad are excited about the forthcoming Test match.

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FIT-AGAIN LOCKE SAILS INTO PIRATES CENTRE

cornish pirates rugby logoCornish Pirates will be keen to get back on track in the RFU Championship at Nottingham tonight (Meadow Lane, 1945).

Pirates suffered their first Championship defeat of the season when they lost 34-24 to Bedford Blues at the Mennaye Field last Sunday.

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TEAMS: PLYMOUTH ALBION V CORNISH PIRATES

Plymouth Albion tackle the Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup tonight at Brickfields (1945).

The tie comes just 11 days after Penzance-based Pirates won a 20-16 RFU Championship thriller at Brickfields thanks to full back Dave Doherty's 73rd minute try, converted by Ceiron Thomas.

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