New signing Kyle Moyle set for Cornish Pirates debut at Swansea
Kyle Moyle is in line to make his senior debut for the Cornish Pirates tomorrow as the squad travel to Wales to take on Swansea (4.30pm) in the British & Irish Cup at St Helens, writes Dick Straughan.
The recent signing from St Ives is named on the bench in a team led by Gavin Cattle as the Pirates look to complete the double over the Welsh Premiership side and make it four wins out of four in the competition.
With loanees JJ Kilmartin and Sam Hill both unavailable, Tom Bedford returns to the right wing and Junior Fatialofa and Tom Riley resume their familiar partnership in the midfield.
The only other change to the starting line-up sees Kyle Marriott revert to his preferred flanker berth in the absence of Joe Buckle, with Laurie McGlone coming in at No8. On the bench Ben Prescott is also recalled and takes the place of Alan Paver.
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Swansea make three changes in the backs with Liam Price moving to outside centre, Aled Lewis coming in at scrum-half, and Nathan Brooks starting on the wing.
Up front Ben Fox starts at lock in place of Sam Kiley with hooker Paul John taking over the captaincy. One change in the back-row sees James McKenna come in for Rob Dudley-Jones.
Swansea: R Williams, Harwood, Price, Roberts, Brooks, S Davies, Lewis; Smith, John (capt), I Williams, Fox, Hughes, McKenna, Bija, Baker. Replacements: Dobbs, Norman, Thomas, Blyth, Dudley-Jones, Batcup, Jenkins
Cornish Pirates: W Davies, Bedford, Riley, Fatialofa, Mercer, Hallett, Cattle (capt); Storer, Elloway, Joyce, Lyons, Barry, Tyas, Marriott, McGlone. Replacements: Andrew, Semmens, Prescott, Hambly, Cheesman, Kessell, Moyle
Referee: N Correll (IRFU).
* Meanwhile Cornish Pirates supporters are being warned that tickets for the mightily important RFU Championship clash versus Bristol on New Year's Day (2pm) are likely to sell out well in advance.
Tickets are already being snapped up, with many being purchased by Bristol supporters. The advice is to purchase your tickets needs early. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.cornish-pirates.com, from the club's ticket office open Mon-Fri 9am-noon (Tel: 01736 331961), and from certain Warrens shops. Children under 16 are admitted free.
For general information with reference to the Christmas Holiday period, the ticket office will be open up until midday on Christmas Eve (Monday), and will re-open on the Thursday and Friday. It will also be open on New Year's Eve from 9am-noon.
Also, to book hospitality on New Year's Day, contact Alex Davies either by telephone 01736 335314 or 07766905417, or email email@example.com