Hartpury have named their side to face Coventry at the Gillman’s Ground tomorrow. The most noticeable absentee is centre, Steve Leonard, who had a significant impact in last week’s fixture with the Cornish Pirates before being forced off with a hamstring strain.
Otherwise, the major change is in the engine room, where the substantial frame of Rob Fuller replaces the unavailable Alex Craig at lock. Master’s student Fuller – who has had more than his fair share of injuries – has been playing mainly for Hartpury’s highly successful university side in the past couple of seasons, having last played league rugby in National One.
There is also a re-shuffle in the back three, where Mike Wilcox – who picked up a knock in pre-season – will be getting his first start of the campaign at full-back, with Ben Foley moving to the right wing.
Iain Grieve returns in the back row, after missing last week, while Dan Murphy steps back into the starting fifteen at loose head.
Des Merrey provides cover for Murphy on the bench. Also among the replacements is recently-graduated BUCS Super Rugby fly half, Sam Leeming.
Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 2.30pm.