Richmond Name Squad To Face Old Elthamians
Richmond have made just the one change to their squad to face Old Elthamians at the Athletic Ground tomorrow afternoon (KO 3pm).
Prop Jimmy Litchfield has recovered from his injury and will replace Luke Green on the bench, while David Banfield and Ken Dowding will resume their front-row partnership, alongside experienced hooker Ross Grimstone.
In the backs, it’s a significant afternoon for Richmond captain Cam Mitchell who will make his 100th appearance for the First XV. The dynamic centre, who joined Richmond ahead of the 2015/16 season and previously captained Darlington Mowden Park, says he is looking forward to making his 100th appearance in front of a strong home crowd.
“I am extremely proud to line up for my 100th cap and it feels even more special to reach this milestone at home in Richmond”, Mitchell said.
Mitchell will continue his centre combination with Giles Bromley-Martin who will again wear the number 12 shirt in the absence of the injured Ronnie Mclean.
While Rob Kirby will make his 155th appearance for the First XV and will look to continue his prolific start to the season. The fullback leads the National League 1 points tally with 95 points after seven appearances in 2019/20 (2 tries, 20 conversions, 15 penalties).
On the replacements bench, Ryan Nixon will be hoping to add a further cap to his name following his debut last Saturday, while electric halves pairing Toby Dabell and Lewis Dennett will look to make an immediate impact when required.
Director of Rugby Steve Hill, said: “I thought the players responded incredibly well against Rotherham last Saturday, the conditions were awful, but we showed a huge amount of discipline and heart to go up there and get the result. We know we’re in for another very tough game against OE’s tomorrow; they’ve had some positive results so far and love to attack from anywhere on the pitch. We will have to be strong defensively and deliver a full performance to come away with the win.”
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First XV to face Old Elthamians
1. David Banfield
2. Ross Grimstone
3. Ken Dowding
4. Byron Hodge
5. Max Crawford
6. Jake Parker
7. Toby Saysell
8. Jesse Liston
9. Jamie Gibbs
10. Tom Hodgson
11. Hamish Graham
12. Giles Bromley-Martin
13. Cameron Mitchell © - 100th Cap
14. Dan Kelly
15. Rob Kirby
16. Jimmy Litchfield
17. Charlie Gibbings
18. Ryan Nixon
19. Toby Dabell
20. Lewis Dennett
Saturday's Men’s Fixtures:
Richmond vs Old Elthamians, KO 3pm (Home)
Richmond Vikings vs Old Elthamians 2nd XV, KO 2:30pm (Home)
Richmond Normans vs Bournemouth, KO 2pm (Home)