Wool­ford will make first start for Blue & Whites

Coventry Telegraph - - RUGBY UNION -

ALEX Wool­ford makes his Coven­try Rugby de­but to­day when Greene King IPA Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Lon­don Scot­tish visit the Butts Park Arena (3pm kick off).

The former Northamp­ton lock packs down along­side Ton­gan in­ter­na­tional Dan Faleafa, who made his own first start in blue-and-white last week­end at Rich­mond.

An­other former Saint, Ben Nut­ley, re­turns to fit­ness to join Adam Peters and Jack Ram in the back row.

Hooker Phil Nilsen, who cap­tains the side, is joined in the front row by James Gib­bons and tight head Luc Jean­not who swaps start­ing and bench roles with Char­lie Beech.

Be­hind the scrum, half-backs Pete White and Jake Sharp ro­tate with Tom Kes­sell and Will Maisey, while in the ab­sence of the in­jured Heath Stevens Tony Fen­ner part­ners Sam Tuitupou in mid­field.

Fit-again James Stokes and Max Trim­ble are re­spec­tively re­stored to the full back and right wing shirts, where they part­ner Ton­gan in­ter­na­tional David Halai­fonua in a pacy back three.

Back five for­wards Ge­orge Oram and James Voss have both also re­cov­ered from in­jury to claim places on the bench.

Row­land Win­ter said: “We’ve had two re­ally good strong train­ing ses­sions this week, and lots of peo­ple have put their hands up for se­lec­tion.

“The hand­ful of changes are partly down to per­for­mances at Rich­mond, but also be­cause of what we’ve seen in train­ing this week.

“The play­ers don’t need me or the coaches to tell them – they are frus­trated them­selves with the lack of con­sis­tency in our game at the mo­ment and they have worked in­cred­i­bly hard this week to put that right.

“Lon­don Scot­tish are a good side, who like most teams in this league, have tal­ent through­out. They’ve put to­gether some re­ally good per­for­mances re­cently in­clud­ing beat­ing Bed­ford away from home.

“We’ve got to con­cen­trate on putting our own house in order, as who­ever we’re play­ing we’re good enough to win if we put in a per­for­mance.”

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