Davies names strong line-up for Leeds clash
Laurie McGlone retains the Cornish Pirates captaincy as they return to action in the RFU Championship on Sunday against Leeds at the Mennaye Field (2.30pm), writes Dick Straughan.
Pirates head coach Ian Davies has made seven changes to the starting line-up following last weekend's British & Irish Cup win at Dundee, and is able to welcome back recent injury victims Gavin Cattle, Wes Davies and Matt Evans to his matchday squad.
Cattle is on the bench, after missing the last month through concussion, along with Davies, while Canadian speedster Evans returns to the left wing as he looks to add to his tally of six tries so far this season.
Jack Nowell retains the full-back berth and Grant Pointer continues on the right wing, but a double change in midfield sees both Tom Riley and Junior Fatialofa return.
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Kieran Hallett also comes back at fly-half with Aaron Penberthy dropping to the bench.
In a strong pack Alan Paver and Rob Elloway both take over in the front row after being rested last weekend and will partner Paul Andrew. Gary Johnson starts at lock alongside Darren Barry, with an unchanged back-row behind them.
Cornish Pirates: Nowell, Pointer, Riley, Fatialofa, Evans, Hallett, Kessell; Andrew, Elloway, Paver, Barry, Johnson, Maidment, Burgess, McGlone. Replacements: Storer, Yeandle, Prescott, Lyons, Cattle, Penberthy, Davies.
Referee: D Rose (RFU).
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