Cornish All Blacks delighted by return to fitness of Nielson Webber
Nielson Webber is set to make his Cornish All Blacks return for the club’s National League Two South trip to Canterbury this weekend.
The Cornwall centre has not played since damaging knee ligaments while making his England Counties debut against Belgium A in June.
It was initially feared the 24-year-old would require nine months’ rehabilitation before making his comeback.
However, he has been named on the replacements’ bench this weekend to boost a side already on a high following last weekend’s derby victory over Redruth at Polson Bridge.
Rainford said: “Nielson is back on the bench for the first time. It is superb to have him back. The physio staff have done a fantastic job with him and he has worked really hard to get his fitness back up.
“He had a run-out last week for the second team and to have him back with us is a massive bonus. We’ve got a bit of strength in depth there now and it is quite pleasing.”
Rainford has told his players it is crucial they maintain winning momentum against Canterbury this weekend.
The All Blacks’ win last Saturday was their first in the league this term, after losing on the opening day at Shelford.
“It is a really difficult start to the season,” said Rainford. “Last week being a local derby, and after the success we had, it can be difficult to keep building and maintain it all the way through.
“We will try to do that though. We worked hard on Tuesday night. There were a lot of positives on Saturday but it was only the second game of the season.”
The 31-10 final score against Redruth last weekend was a fair reflection of the All Blacks’ performance but Rainford still found plenty to work on for the weeks ahead.
He said: “I reviewed the game on Sunday morning and again on Sunday evening and I think we could have scored another two tries.
“It was something we looked at and worked on, on Tuesday. We would like no chances to go begging if possible. It was a great result and a great game and a big improvement on a lot of the things that let us down from the week before.”
Barrie-John Chapman also returns the All Blacks’ squad this weekend after serving his suspension, given for offence in last season’s game against Worthing in April.
Cornish All Blacks: Lewitt; S Chapman, Westren, Paterson, Friend; Murphy, Webb; Mathias, Bulut, Brown; Jenkins, Tripcony;
L Duke, T Rawlings, M Rawlings (capt). Replacements: Bayliss, Keat, Courtier, B J Chapman, Webber.