Eadie back, Hamer-Webb on debut, as Hartpury name squad for Amtphill

Hartpury again make changes for the next instalment of their Championship Rugby season, which sees them travel to Ampthill for a 2pm kick off tomorrow.

The headline news is that Mitch Eadie, on loan from the Bristol Bears, is named to make his second start of the season for the Red & Blacks at Number 8 and that winger Gabriel Hamer-Webb moves across on dual registration from Bath Rugby and goes straight into the starting line-up.

Eadie, who played in the Premiership Cup for his parent club last weekend, creating a try with a typical strong surge, was man-of-the-match on his only previous Hartpury start, versus Coventry in September, and it is easy to see why Hartpury are glad to have him back.  He might have played more games for the club this season, but a back injury had him side-lined for a spell.

Hamer-Webb is a 21 year-old flyer, who in his short career has already signed his first senior contract at the Rec, scored in the Champions Cup (vs Ulster) and represented England U20.

Robbie Smith moves back into his familiar slot at outside centre, having played on the wing last week, with Jack Tovey stepping down.

There will also be a change at scrum half, where Toby Venner, who made his return from injury off the bench last weekend, replaces co-captain JB Bruzulier.  The Welshman has still not fully recovery from a groin injury which has hampered him since the early part of the season.

As in the Round 8 game versus the Knights, the majority of the changes are in the pack.

Cameron Jordan, ever-present until last week, returns from Premiership Cup duty at Kingsholm, while Oli Robinson, who made a strong impact against Doncaster on his return from injury as a second half replacement, starts on the blind side.

The biggest change is in the front row, where Conor Maguire and Ciaran Knight – both also ever-present starters so far this campaign – are replaced, respectively, by another England U20 cap, Lewis Holsey, and by Jack Stanley of Gloucester.  Maguire moves to the bench, while Knight took a knock against the Knights and is rested.

The bench looks strong with Maguire, Luke Stratford and Shaun Knight providing the front row cover.  In a 5:3 split, James Dun and Nahum Merigan both offer plenty of impact in the back five positions. Matty Jones is back as the replacement scrum half, with Tovey and George Simpson as the outside backs.

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