Hartpury look for back-to-wins from Ampthill trip

Hartpury will largely stick with the forward pack that helped them to a home victory over Nottingham last time out, as they go looking for back-to-back wins in the visit to Ampthill on Sunday.

The only change in the starting eight will be at lock, where the unlucky Scott Russell sustained a shoulder injury that will prevent him from playing again in this campaign.

Fortunately, it is an area where Hartpury have some depth this season.  Ehize Ehizode returns to the starting line-up, with Arthur Clark continuing his development by offering real impact among the replacements.

Hard-carrying Number 8, Morgan Monks, was also an early casualty against Nottingham, but has made a good recovery and will be back for Ampthill.

On the bench, Ash Challenger, rotating back in for Mitch Walsh, is the only change.

The backs are more fluid, as a mixture of rotation and injury concern sees a number of ins and outs.

The debutant this week is Sam Smith, brother of centre Robbie, who makes his first competitive Hartpury appearance having previously played his rugby at neighbours Cinderford.  Sam has been training with us for a number of months and we wish him well.

Ben Foley and George Simpson are both recovering from knocks, although Foley – the clubs leading scorer – is fit enough to provide cover among the finishers.  This means that Wil Partington slots neatly back into the 15 shirt, with Jack Johnson completing the back three.

James Williams, who has been a stand-out presence in the Hartpury midfield this season, gets his first chance, since his return, to show what he can do as the starting outside half.  Joshua Bragman will be available from the bench and Luke Eves makes appearance 101, alongside Robbie Smith, in the centres.  Calum Waters returns as the back-up scrum-half, as Hartpury opt for a five/three split.

The game kicks off at 1pm and can be watched via livestream.  Tickets HERE.

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