TEAM NEWS International Women's rugby day

Maesteg Celtic Ladies flyer Ffion Bowen wings in to the Wales Women starting XV for tonight’s eagerly anticipated 2014 RBS Six Nations clash against England Women at Twickenham Stoop (1930).

Worcester’s recalled Rochelle Clark is set to win her 90th England Women's rugby cap. Yeovil’s Marlie Packer is also recalled, while there are 11 players from Bristol Ladies Rugby named in the two squads.


U20s RUGBY Dorset & Wilts vs Cornwall team news

Rugby Football Union logoDorset & Wilts and Cornwall are set to kick off their RFU Under 20 county championship pool three campaign today at North Dorset RFC (Slaughtergate, Longbury Hill Lane, Gillingham 1400).

1150 update: The opening group game is FREE TO SEE, no admission charge applies and is game on! when I called the ground to double-check at 1150.


ENGLAND COUNTIES XV Bolt set for French bow

rfu official logoExmouth RFC scrum half Richard Bolt is among eight newcomers included in the England Counties squad for a Friday January 31 international against France Federale XV at Nevers (2000).

The squad - which still has two places to be filled - also includes 27-year-old Cinderford centre Jack Adams and popular Cornish All Blacks and Cornwall forward Ben Hilton, who skippers both club and county.


TEAM NEWS Vainikolo set for first Chiefs start

Fetu'u Vainikolo picture courtesy Exeter Chiefs/Pinnacle photo agency UKTongan international wing Fetu'u Vainikolo is set for his Exeter Chiefs full debut in Sunday’s Heineken Cup clash against Cardiff Blues at Sandy Park (1245).

Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has been forced to tweak his winning backline due to injuries sustained in the past week following the 29-12 Premiership win at Gloucester.


TEAM NEWS Cattle set for 200th Pirates appearance

Cornish Pirates rugby logoInspirational skipper Gavin Cattle is set to play his 200th Cornish Pirates match in tomorrow's British & Irish Cup opener against Ulster Ravens at the Mennaye (1945).

Now in his seventh season as a Pirate, Bridgend-born scrum half Cattle, 33, leads a side which welcomes back fit-again wing Matt Evans, meaning Kieran Goss switches to full-back.


TEAM NEWS Shanahan makes first Albion start

Plymouth albion rfc logoPlymouth player-coach James Shanahan makes his first Albion start against Nottingham in tomorrow's British & Irish Cup opener at Brickfields (1945).

Head coach Shanahan - a late replacement in last Friday's 22-20 Championship defeat by London Scottish - takes over from top points scorer Dan Mugford at fly half.


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