CORNISH PIRATES starting XV for Keys cup clash

Cornish Pirates logoCornish Pirates visit Cross Keys RFC in the British & Irish Cup tonight buoyed by a nine-try 65-14 Championship win over Bedford Blues.

Rob Elloway comes into the Pirates’ winning XV at hooker and Joel Conlon is selected at blind-side flanker for the tie at Pandy Park (1945ko).


PLYMOUTH ALBION RFC Cam set for first start

Plymouth Albion RFC logoScrum half Cameron Setter is set to make his first start for Plymouth Albion RFC in tonight’s must-win British & Irish Cup tie against Jersey RFC at St Peter (1930ko).

Declan Cusack, who made his first appearance of the season in last Friday’s 19-19 Championship draw at Yorkshire Carnegie, starts at fly half.


PLAY-OFF FINAL Bristol Rugby make four changes

Greene King IPA Championship logoBristol RFC bid to claw back a 19-point deficit against London Welsh in tonight's sold-out Greene King IPA Championship final second leg at the Memorial Stadium (19:45).

It is the second time that Bristol have featured in the Championship final, having lost to Exeter Chiefs at the end of the 2009/10 season, while London Welsh – 27-8 first leg winners - will be seeking to become the first side to win the title twice.


COUNTY RUGBY Dawe selects Cornwall starting XV

Cornwall versus Devon Tamar Cup rugby picture copyright southwestspoortsnews.comGraham Dawe has selected the Cornwall starting XV for tomorrow’s RFU Bill Beaumont Cup Division 1 South opener against North Midlands at Redruth RFC (1500).

The gold and blacks - last season's Twickenham finalists - warmed up for this term's county championship campaign with a 17-0 Tamar Cup win over Devon at Launceston RFC, pictured.


COUNTY RUGBY Gloucestershire starting XV vs Herts

Cinderford RFC centre Rob Winchle captains Gloucestershire in tomorrow’s RFU Bill Beaumont Cup Division 1 South county championship opener against Hertfordshire at Cinderford RFC (1500). 

Winchle is one of 10 Cinderford players in the home 22 including replacement Lance Randall who led Gloucestershire to the National Under 20 Championship semi-finals.


TAMAR CUP 2014 Cornwall versus Devon tonight

Devon RFU captain and Exmouth lock forward Chris Bentley, picture copyright southwestsportsnews.comCornwall continue their Tamar Cup defence against Devon on familiar ground for 11 of the home squad of 27 at Launceston RFC tonight (1930).

The match will have special significance for former Launceston, Bath, Sale, Plymouth Albion and England hooker Graham Dawe, 54 as it is his first match as head coach of Cornwall ahead of next month’s Bill Beaumont Cup county championship campaign. Dawe will be assisted by Cornwall U20 coach Ian Morgan.


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