Hartpury largely settled ahead of Pirates – Charlie Foley to make competitive debut

Versatile three-quarter/fly-half, Charlie Foley, makes his competitive debut for the Red & Blacks in tomorrow’s first home game of the RFU Championship season, against the Cornish Pirates.

The summer signing, having missed the opening day visit to Ealing Trailfinders with a neck injury sustained in a pre-season hit-out with the Bristol Bears, is one of only two changes to the starting line-up which put up a good second-half showing against the promotion favourites.

As a result, James Williams moves into the 10 shirt, with England U20 man Tommy Mathews taking a seat on the bench.

The other returning face this week is Aled Ward who replaces Xavier Hastings in the back row.  Hastings started well against the Trailfinders last week, but was an early casualty and misses out tomorrow.

Scrum-half and co-captain, JB Bruzulier, will be facing the club that he left at the end of last season.

There is a further injury shuffle on the bench where Ethan Hunt, a try-scorer on his Championship debut, is likely to miss at least a couple of weeks with a rib injury.  Fortunately for Hartpury, experienced hooker, Luke Stratford, is just about ready to return after also missing a couple of outings with a knock from pre-season.

Harry Short, a flanker who was signed after graduating from Hartpury University at the end of last season, makes the bench for a probable debut, as does winger Deago Bailey, another England U20 man, whose arrival on dual-registration from the Bears was announced this week.

Hartpury have yet to beat the Pirates in either league or cup competition and, with the Cornishmen among the favourites to challenge Ealing this season, the Red & Blacks will need to be at their best to get the points from this game.  Pirates opened the season with a home win over Richmond last time out..

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