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RUGBY UNION: Chinnor out to make amends
8:00am Friday 3rd January 2014 in Rugby
Chinnor head coach Matt Goode says his side have had their tails between their legs over the festive period.
Goode’s men host Shelford in National 2 South tomorrow, keen to atone for their 38-0 mauling at Dings Crusaders before Christmas.
“We have been doing some fitness work this week and looking at what we need to do for the second half of the season,” said Goode.
“We have had our tails between our legs from the game against Dings. We just didn’t turn up at all.”
Captain Liam Gilbert and full back George Blewitt return to the squad, but Sam Angell drops out.
Dai Maddocks is back at loosehead prop for Henley Hawks’ trip to National 1 title hopefuls Rosslyn Park.
Maddocks replaces Ruairi McLeod, who is one of three front-rowers alonsgide Ant Brennan and Jim Hadfield named on an extended bench.
Hawks are out to end a run of three straight defeats.
Lock Allan Purchase captains South West 1 East leaders Oxford Harlequins for their trip to Reading as Luke Brown is on holiday.
Ed Tickle comes in, while Ben Selby moves to hooker as Dylan Rodrigues has returned to South Africa.
Seisoni Tupou returns at openside flanker after 11 weeks out with a knee injury.
Quins’ head of rugby Steve Chadbone said: “We have tried to make sure that he is 100 per cent fit and we are looking forward to getting him back on the pitch.”
Grove are hopeful their match at Windsor will be on.
Head coach Craig Burrows said: “We are keen to build on our win against Towcestrians before Christmas.”
Witney host Cheltenham.
Henley Hawks (v Rosslyn Park, away): Yarnton, O’Neill, Nutt (capt), T Allen, Andre, Comben, Carter, Maddocks, Dwyer, Penny, Woodward, McNally, L Allen, Long, R Stapley. Reps: from Brennan, Hadfield, McLeod, Newman, C Stapley, Bart, Perry.
Chinnor (v Shelford, home): from Fielding, Marston, Goode, Barnes, Millett, Jones, Winpenny, Townsend, Pickett, Tibbatts, Smith, Betts, Harrison, Hastings, Stock, Vickers, Mowbray, Stoop, Hall, Gilbert (capt), G Blewitt.
Oxford Harlequins (v Reading, away): Hilton, Robinson, Lee, Fisilau, Johnstone, Norris, Marshall, Selby, Boulton, Pur-chase (capt), Tickle, Battson, Tupou, Achilles. Reps from: Mott, Si Chadbone, Edney, Neal.
Grove (v Windsor, away): from Eckert (capt), Dixey, Wallbridge, Miles, Haire, Peel, Gratwohl, B Nicholl, R Sevier, N Sevier, Clipsham, Bellinger, Carr, G Nicholl, Lewis, Woodward, Young, Wilkinson.
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