Kailus is re­warded with blind side start for Cov

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DE­VEL­OP­MENT Academy for­ward Kailus Hutchinson steps up for his se­nior Coven­try de­but in to­mor­row’s Na­tional League One game against Ross­lyn Park at Butts Park Arena.

The Coven­try-born 20-year-old gets his chance af­ter some strong per­for­mances for the De­vel­op­ment side and starts at blind side flanker as the league cham­pi­ons bid to ex­tend their win­ning home run, stretch­ing back to Oc­to­ber 2016, to 25 games.

Hutchinson comes into the 20-strong squad at the ex­pense of Brett Daynes as one of two changes from the one that won at Ply­mouth Al­bion last time out two weeks ago – scrum-half Pete White, who missed that game through ill­ness, re­turn­ing on the bench for Ben Palmer.

The start­ing backs are un­changed, while in the for­wards Luke Nar­raway comes off the bench at No.8 for Daynes and, af­ter an out­ing at 6, Nile Dacres re­verts to the sec­ond row with Tom Jubb go­ing to the bench on ro­ta­tion. Hutchinson joined Cov last sum­mer from Worces­ter Academy af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Na­tional League Two rugby with seven games on loan at Luc­to­ni­ans, and has also had one loan game at Chin­nor this term.

“Kailus has po­ten­tial – he’s been train­ing re­ally well and putting in good per­for­mances in the Zoo Sports Shield games,” said di­rec­tor of rugby, Row­land Win­ter.

“This is a good op­por­tu­nity at home to give him a chance, which he’s earned.”

Cov ran out 43-13 win­ners when the two sides met at Roe­hamp­ton in early De­cem­ber, but it was only in the sec­ond half that they as­serted any real author­ity af­ter a strong start by Park.

Said Win­ter: “This is an­other re­ally tough game. Ross­lyn Park are still not math­e­mat­i­cally safe from rel­e­ga­tion, so they have plenty to play for. They’re a side that’s un­der-per­formed this sea­son – they have a very tal­ented group of play­ers and should be up to­wards the top end of the ta­ble rather than where they are now. “But we’re fo­cus­ing very much on our­selves, and I think the boys are re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing back at Butts Park in front of a home crowd. “It will be the first home game since they were crowned cham­pi­ons and they’re ex­cited by that – they want to out on a good show.” Kick-off is 3pm and live post-match en­ter­tain­ment in the Jon Sharp Bar will be by Big Wed­nes­day. Back row pair Waita Setu and Olly Povoas make their re­turns from in­jury in the De­vel­op­ment side’s Zoo Sports Shield game against Cin­der­ford United at King Henry V111 Sports Ground, High­way (1pm).

Sea­son tick­ets de­tails for Cov’s re­turn Cham­pi­onship cam­paign have been fi­nalised with an ‘Early Bird’ of­fer avail­able if pur­chased be­fore May 31.

The club has taken into con­sid­er­a­tion ticket prices when they were last in the di­vi­sion and also pric­ing at other Cham­pi­onship clubs, with the in­tro­duc­tion of dif­fer­en­tial prices for stand­ing and seated.

Sea­son mem­ber­ship tick­ets will cover 15 matches –11 Cham­pi­onship games, three pool cup ties and the pre-sea­son games, in­clud­ing the game against Wasps on Au­gust 25.

The Early Bird cost of an adult sea­son ticket is £202, which rep­re­sents a 25% sav­ing on the to­tal on­line ticket price of £18 per game (£20 on the day).

An Early Bird stand­ing sea­son ticket is £168 with con­ces­sion sea­son tick­ets priced at £158 (seated) and £146 (stand­ing).

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