Davies names unchanged Pirates side for visit of London Welsh
Cornish Pirates Director of Rugby Ian Davies predictably sticks with the bulk of the squad named for last weekend's aborted trip to Moseley for this Sunday`s televised Greene King Championship clash with London Welsh at the Mennaye Field (3.45pm).
In a match which will see Pirates back row Chris Morgan make his 150th appearance for the club the only two changes come on the bench as fly-half Kieran Hallett returns in place of flanker Matt Bolwell.
New signing Will Carrick-Smith is named instead of prop Jack Andrew as the Exeter Chiefs lock joins the Pirates on a dual-registration deal until the end of the season.
Carrick-Smith, 21, made his Chiefs debut in 2012 and has also gained England Under-19 honours, but has yet to secure a regular first team starting berth at Sandy Park and has since spent time on loan at both London Welsh and Plymouth Albion.
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London Welsh make three changes to their side for the game. In the backs, Nick Scott is named on the wing in place of Alan Awock, who moves to the bench.
In the forwards, there's a start for on loan Leicester Tigers' prop Tom Bristow, who moved to Welford Road in the summer from Welsh after making 33 appearances for the Exiles during the 2012/13 season. Nathan Trevett is named among the replacements.
Former Pirate Ian Nimmo partners Ben West in the second row returning to the Mennaye Field where he spent two seasons with the Cornish side making 60 appearances and scored three tries.
On the bench, Dan Browne is poised to make his first appearance since Welsh's defeat to Bedford Blues on November 30th at Goldington Road.
Cornish Pirates: Holland, Evans, Hendrickson, Fatialofa, Moyle, Sinclair, Pope; Cahill, Elloway, Paver, Graulich, Barry, Morgan (capt), Cheesman, McGlone. Replacements – Carpenter, Davies, Carrick-Smith, Parker, Kessell, Hallett, Riley
London Welsh: Jewell, Stegmann, May (capt), Parker, Scott, Robinson, Lewis; Bristow, Vella, Tideswell, West, Nimmo, Lees, Kirwan, Thorpe. Replacements: Morris, Trevett, Edwards, Browne, Stedman, Davies, Awcock.
Referee – M Carley (RFU).
* The Cornish Pirates have announced that “with great regret”, due to recent storm damage and to ensure public safety, that the Jewson Stand at the Mennaye Field needs significant repair before they can accommodate the public for Sunday’s game against London Welsh.
However, if the weather allows the repairs to take place before then and that work passes inspection, open seating will be available within the Jewson stand on match day.
In the meantime, current season ticket holders within the covered seating area of the Jewson Stand, will be accommodated within the main Grandstand where possible, and the Pirates are making every attempt to communicate with those concerned.
Other ticket holders of covered seating will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to the grandstand, space permitting, or ground ticket with the difference refunded.
A Pirates spokesman said: “Given the extreme weather we are experiencing, the Cornish Pirates can only apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
“We will update on progress via the media and social media just as soon as we know the situation.”
There will also be an 8.20am pitch inspection on Saturday morning after Friday's expected heavy rain.