Kailus is rewarded with blind side start for Cov
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).