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.

Armitage is one of five players who will make their debuts for Albion tomorrow.

The others are fellow backs Paul Bailey, James Love and Mick McGrath and teenage lock Addison Lockley.

Albion are without Canadian international forwards Aaron Carpenter and Tyler Hotson, who are preparing to compete in the World Cup.

However, fellow Canadian and club captain Sean-Michael Stephen will play after recovering from a back injury that ruled him out of the end of the season and this summer's Churchill Cup.

Albion's chairman of rugby Graham Dawe said: "The first game of the season is always massive because of all the hard work that has gone in over the summer.

"You always want to try and do well and, hopefully, we will get a big crowd for the game."

Albion team: Love, McGrath, Armitage, Fisilau, Bailey, Lee, Cushion, Morton, Evans, Hopkins, Collier, Lockley, Stephen (capt), Sprangle, Hocking.

Reps: Farnham, Mitchell, Johns, Dugard, Vickers, Tyas, Stupple.

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