PIRATES: Rosslyn Park test coming to Mennaye Field

PIRATES: Rosslyn Park test coming to Mennaye Field

PIRATES: Rosslyn Park test coming to Mennaye Field

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THE visit of Rosslyn Park to the Mennaye Field on Saturday rekindles an old fixture.

Kick off at Mennaye Field is at 3pm and the opponents despite being a league below the Pirates have some grand pedigree.

Formed in 1879, a number of famous names have played for the red & white hooped Surrey team over the years, including former England internationals John Ranson and Andy Ripley.

As for the modern day Rosslyn Park, it is clear that their side will provide stern opposition for the Pirates, noting that last season they ended their National League One campaign as impressive runners-up to Doncaster Knights.

Their head coach who will now be extra keen to ultimately make it into the Championship is former England lock Alex Codling.

He has worked with London Scottish and at Rotherham Titans in recent seasons, and in his squad there is a mix of gifted youngsters and proven experienced campaigners.

Backs Mark Ireland and JJ Kilmartin have worn the Pirates' colours, as has lock James Inglis who skippers their side.

In the Cornish Pirates team full-back Sam Marland, wing Alex Ducker, and prop Adam Jamieson make their home debuts, as likely will replacements Jamal Ford-Robinson and Stuart Townsend.

Also named on the bench is guest player Bertie Hopkin, who has played for Guildford and England Counties under 20s.

The line-ups for Saturday:

Cornish Pirates: 15 Sam Marland, 14 Kieran Goss, 13 Tom Riley, 12 Rheon James, 11 Alex Ducker, 10 Kyle Moyle, 9 Tom Kessell;1 Paul Andrew, 2 Aaron Carpenter, 3 Adam Jamieson, 4 Will Carrick-Smith, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Chris Morgan (c), 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Laurie McGlone.

Replacements: Tom Channon, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Will Graulich, Jake Parker, Joe Atkinson, Matt Bolwell, Stuart Townsend, Bertie Hopkin, Alex Dancer.

Director of Rugby: Ian Davies Rosslyn Park: 15 Charlie Gower, 14 Robbie Martey, 13 Dante Mama, 12 Courteney Morrison, 11 David Vincent, 10 Thomas Whelan, 9 Luke Carter; 1 Aaron Liffchak, 2 Adam Bellamy, 3 Sam Staff, 4 James Inglis (c), 5 William Bowley, 6 Gregor Gillanders, 7 Harry Broadbent, 8 Michael McFarlane.

Replacements: Scott Wright, Richard Palframan, Alex MacKenzie, Richard Boyle, Jamie Harries, Sam Shires, Hugo Ellis, Jack Gash, James John Kilmartin, Dominic Shabbo, Mark Ireland, Kiba Richards, Charles Broughton, Peter Cole, Anthony Hitchcock.

Head Coach: Alex Codling

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