- Young guns get chance to impress in British & Irish Cup
- Bristol look to get Cup campaign back on track
Photo: Harish Chavda
With this British and Irish Cup match being sandwiched between difficult games against London Welsh and Leeds Carnegie, Moseley coaches have reverted to a similar squad to that which was successful against Plymouth in the first match of this competition.
The side includes a number of dual registered players, in addition to players who have had limited Championship game time this season.
A notable inclusion is the name of Ryan de la Harpe at scrum-half, who has returned from World Cup duty with Namibia. De la Harpe made a significant impact on Moseley’s performances at the end of last season and his return has been eagerly anticipated by the Birmingham side’s supporters.
“This match gives us the opportunity to have a look at some players who are pressing for a place in the side for the visit to Leeds,” Head Coach Kevin Maggs said today. “We are still looking at different permutations, and it will be interesting to see who can step up to the challenge”.
Title holders strive to get B & I Cup campaign back on track
For the home side, Liam Middleton has named a strong starting line-up as Bristol Rugby look to get their B & I Cup campaign back on track.
Ten players survive from the side that suffered a 50-22 defeat at Mennaye Field in the opening game of the competition.
In the backline, Jon Goodridge makes his first start since the RFU Championship defeat to Leeds Carnegie. Ross Johnston returns to the front row alongside Wayne Thompson and Will Davis, while Ben Glynn makes his long-awaited comeback for Bristol after successfully completing 40 minutes for Clifton on Saturday.
Dan Montagu lines up in the back-row with Mitch Eadie and Cheltenham’s Charlie Danielli. New signing Matty James is set to make his Bristol Rugby debut after being named among the replacements. The captaincy will not be confirmed until Wednesday.
Bristol Rugby vs. Moseley, British & Irish Cup, Wednesday October 12, KO 7:45pm
Jon Goodridge; Ollie Woodburn, James Letherby, Ben Mercer, Ryan Edwards; Will Thomas, Matt Keyte; Wayne Thompson, Ross Johnston, Will Davis, Darren Barry, Ben Glynn, Dan Montagu, Mitch Eadie, Charlie Danielli.
Replacements: Tom Channon, Jake Caulfield, Ricky Cano, Harry Hone, Louis Silver, Matty James, Mark Cooke.
Jamie Hearn; Mike Gillick, Jack Adams, Callum McBurnie, Pierre Tucker; Oliver Thomas, Ryan de la Harpe; Craig Voisey, Charley Thomas, Colin Quigley, Steve Smith, David Lyons, Sam Gibbons, Mat Lowcock, Drew Harper
Replacements: Tom Warren Marshall Gadd, Charlie Tokeyley, Richard Stott, Sam Brown, William Brown, Christian Gervais