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Counties reshuffle side for final match in Canada

12 June 2010

  • England Counties prepare for final match of their Canadian tour
  • It's going to be another tough match - Hodgson

England Counties Manager Danny Hodgson has made eight changes to his side as they prepare for the final match of their Canadian tour against British Columbia Bears in Vancouver.

The ability to enforce such changes underpins the success of the selection process. In the opening two games the priority was to get an optimum blend over two games from the 26 players available.

The squad for the final game has been chosen strictly on merit, although as Hodgson points out, competition for places could not have been keener.

He said: "When we started out, our aim was not to select teams for the first two games on individual playing ability, but to choose combinations that would bring us two wins.

"It's always important to win your first game on any tour, but we also wanted to avoid the second being a banana skin.

"We had to work hard to win our first two games, but we managed it and now we come to the final test, which I'm sure is going to be another tough assignment."

Counties team to face British Columbia Bears

Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire); Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire); Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Will Cliff (Sale Sharks & Cheshire); Matt Long (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucstershire) capt, Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford & Devon), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Daniel Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands).

Replacements: Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham & Durham), Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire).