Richmond On The Hunt For First Cup Win

After a humbling defeat against a strong Ealing Trailfinders outfit last weekend, a much changed Richmond side will look to get their British & Irish Cup campaign back on track against Rotherham Titans in round two at the Richmond Athletic Ground. Kick off 3pm.


Richmond Director of Rugby Steve Hill welcomes the Titans to the Athletic Ground hoping to repeat the bonus-point victory his side gained in the Greene King IPA Championship three weeks ago.


But Titans, buoyed by last week's 28-23 win over Connacht A, will hope to turn the tide on an otherwise winless season thus far.

Hill has named several players who were involved in the victory over Yorkshire Carnegie in the last Championship match as his side looks to get off the mark in the B&I Cup.


Half-backs Rhodri Adamson and James Swan will steer the ship for Richmond, after Swan impressed in the defeat at Ealing.


The pair are joined by Ronnie McLean and Cameron Mitchell in the midfield; the tried and tested duo bringing much experience to the back division that also includes regulars Rob Kirby at full back and wingers Jono Woodward and Jordan Simpson-Hefft.


It is all change in the front row for Richmond with Jeremy Cunnew, Jason Phipps and Craig Trenier returning to the starting XV.


Captain Will Warden partners Alex Humfrey in the engine room with Toby Saysell making his first start of the season on the open side. Jesse Liston and Jake Parker complete the back row.


Ross Grimstone, who will earn his 50th cap for Richmond if used, Will Goodrick-Clarke and Joe Tarrant wait in the wings for a chance to make an impact in the tight with Max Crawford providing second row cover.


Elsewhere on the bench, scrum half Callum Grant will hope to make his mark on the game as will Freddie Gabbitass who returns to the match day squad along with winger Martin Freeman.


Despite a heavy defeat last time out, Hill has praised the application and desire of his squad and has urged them to rediscover their Championship form as they look to get the better of Rotherham for the second time this term.

"Rotherham will be a tough challenge after their strong win last Saturday and the influx of new players," said Hill.

"We need to carry on from the very positive performance against Yorkshire Carnegie and eliminate the errors seen last weekend."

15 Rob Kirby
14 Jono Woodward
13 Cameron Mitchell
12 Ronnie McLean
11 Jordan Simpson-Hefft
10 James Swan
9 Rhodri Adamson

1 Jeremy Cunnew
2 Jason Phipps
3 Craig Trenier
4 Will Warden
5 Alex Humfrey
6 Jesse Liston
7 Toby Saysell
8 Jake Parker

16 Ross Grimstone
17 Will Goodrick-Clrke
18 Max Crawford
19 Callum Grant
20 Freddie Gabbitass
21 Martin Freeman
22 Joe Tarrant