Long wait now over as Cov get cup cam­paign started

Warwickshire Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS - By PAUL SMITH

COVEN­TRY Rugby’s coach­ing group re­calls five play­ers to the match day squad that faces Don­caster Knights in the Cham­pi­onship Cup at Cas­tle Park to­day (2.30pm kick off ).

In the pack, James Voss and Alex Wool­ford re­turn from con­cus­sion to start on the blind­side flank and in the sec­ond row re­spec­tively. With his sus­pen­sion com­plete, Phil Boul­ton is named as back-up tight head for the first time since mid-Septem­ber.

The club cap­tain is joined in an im­pact­ful re­place­ments bench by for­mer Glouces­ter hooker Dar­ren Daw­id­iuk, who is set to make his Cov de­but af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a bi­cep in­jury sus­tained in pre-sea­son. And fol­low­ing a lively dis­play against Canada on Mon­day, full back James Stokes has over­come the ham­string strain suf­fered dur­ing Oc­to­ber to wear the No.22 shirt.

Be­hind the scrum, Coven­try’s coach­ing group names the same start­ing line-up which was part of the 20-15 league win over York­shire Carnegie two week­ends ago. This means Ju­nior and Andy Bu­lumakau – both of whom are for­mer Don­caster play­ers – again fea­ture, while Will Maisey and Tom Kes­sell com­bine at half-back. A third for­mer Knight, Jack Ram, joins Voss and Adam

All the ro­mance of the knock-out stages

is just around the cor­ner if we can get out of the pool

stages. Peters in the start­ing back row, where Ben Nut­ley and Ben Adams pro­vide cover from the bench.

Di­rec­tor of rugby Row­land Win­ter said: “Don­caster have had a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son with Clive Grif­fiths’ health is­sues, and it’s good to see he’s back in­volved this week­end. They are a good squad with lots of ex­pe­ri­ence, so what­ever side they put out we’re ex­pect­ing a tough away game at a club who we ex­pect to do well in this pool.

“But we need to con­cen­trate on our­selves, and use this game as a chance to kick on.

“The cup is a great op­por­tu­nity for us and our start­ing point is that we are try­ing to win it.

“The club hasn’t been part of a cup com­pe­ti­tion for a long time, and the knock-out stages and all the ro­mance that brings are just around the cor­ner if we can get out of the pool stages.”

Row­land Win­ter James Voss re­turns to the Cov ranks at Don­caster to­day

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