Richmond Name Squad To Face Old Elthamians

 

Richmond have made just two changes to its starting XV for tomorrow's away fixture against London rivals Old Elthamians (KO 2pm). 

The National League 1 fixture will see Richmond, who currently hold a seven point lead at the top of the table, come up against a very challenging OE's squad who will be keen to avenge their 25-12 defeat to Steve Hill's side back in October. 

In the forwards, former captain Will Warden returns to the second-row in place of the injured Chris Allman. Otherwise the pack remains unchanged following last Saturday's 52-20 victory over Rotherham Titans, with prop Timmy Walford set to make his 147th First XV appearance. 

The back-line features a positional change for the exciting Hamish Graham who moves from wing to fullback, replacing the unavailable Louis Lynagh. Elsewhere powerful runner Toby Eaton has been rewarded with a return to the first-team and will make his eighth league appearance for the club, starting on the right wing. 

On the bench there's a return for talented hooker James Hadfield who could earn his third cap for the first-team, while there's a potential Richmond debut for prop Sam Gratton. The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for the undefeated Vikings and has playing experience for Rosslyn Park, London Irish Wild Geese and most recently Barnes. Elsewhere, Toby Saysell returns to the squad following his unavailability last week and will look to make his 51st First XV appearance. 

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First XV to face Old Elthamians

1. Timmy Walford
2. Ross Grimstone
3. Jimmy Litchfield
4. Will Warden
5. Byron Hodge
6. Tom Pashley
7. Andrew Boyce
8. Jake Parker

9. Jamie Gibbs
10. Tom Hodgson
11. Dan Kelly
12. Ronnie Mclean
13. Cameron Mitchell ©
14. Toby Eaton
15. Hamish Graham

Replacements

16. James Hadfield
17. Sam Gratton
18. Alex Bibic
19. Toby Saysell
20. Charlie Mulchrone

 

Men’s Fixtures:

Richmond vs Old Elthamians, KO 2pm (Away)

Richmond Saxons vs Esher 2nd XV, KO 2pm (Away)

 

Women's Fixtures:

Richmond Women vs Saracens Women, KO 2:30pm (Home)

Richmond Women 2nd XV vs Saracens Women 2nd XV, KO 1:30pm (Home)