Damant Reaches His Century On Third Derby Day Of The Season

After one win and one defeat against the old enemy London Scottish, Richmond are ready to go into battle a third time as they host their rivals in the Championship Cup on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

With best third placed positions still up for grabs, there are no meaningless ties in the tournament, and this match was never going to be meaningless whatever the occasion. After the opening round of the tournament saw Scottish win in controversial circumstances in the rain, Richmond will be keen to exact some revenge on Saturday.

While injuries and fatigue continue to play a part in team selection, Director of Rugby Steve Hill has rung the changes with the league game against Bedford in mind. “Today represents a huge opportunity for some of the Richmond players to stake a claim for a place in the league match squad and I will be keen to see who grabs it,” he said during the week.

One man who is fit and raring to go after a few weeks on the sidelines is Rory Damant, who is set to make his 100th appearance for the 1st XV. After helping the side up through the leagues, Damant is a key figure in the backline, and brings a wealth of experience to a much-changed side. The fact he used to play for London Scottish is sure to add to a memorable occasion.

Captain Cam Mitchell is one of those sidelined with injury, but his place in the centres is taken by a former fan’s favourite, as Henry Cheeseman returns to the club on loan from Harlequins, slotting straight in at 13. The Quins centre played for three season at Richmond, helping the side to promotion from National One before cementing their spot at this level, and he will be keen to make a mark on his return.

Elsewhere, another loanee Max Davies is set to make his first start in Richmond colours having impressed off the bench against Jersey last weekend. He joins Charlie Lenygon in the second row, and is part of a very mobile pack that includes Adam Lee, Andrew Boyce and another former Scot Ed Milne.

Jamie Gibbs will lead the side from scrum half, with Lewis Dennett once again starting at fly half and Damant stepping into the 12 shirt. Jono Woodward – making his 50th appearance for the 1st team - Sam Edgerley and another former Scot Ben Rath form a dangerous back three who will hope the conditions are better than the last time Richmond and Scottish went head to head.

RICHMOND TEAM

1 Timmy Walford (132 1st XV caps)
2 Rupert Freestone (6)
3 Dave Spelman (10)
4 Max Davies (1)
5 Charlie Lenygon (79)
6 Adam Lee (16)
7 Andrew Boyce (5)
8 Ed Milne (10)

9 Jamie Gibbs (107)
10 Lewis Dennett (9)
11 Jono Woodward (49)
12 Rory Damant (99)
13 Henry Cheeseman (14)
14 Ben Rath (7)
15 Sam Edgerley (10)

16 Gino Corradi (23)
17 Danny Parkinson (136)
18 Harison Edwards (108)
19 Rui D’Orey (1)
20 Callum Grant (25)
21 Ben Cook (3)
22 Morgan Ward (3)