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RUGBY UNION: Awcock to start for Henley
10:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
Alan Awcock is the only new signing to be handed a starting role for Henley’s opening National 1 match at home to Tynedale (3pm) tomorrow.
The former London Welsh back starts on the left wing, with two other new faces on the bench, Ryan Long and Mark Bruce.
Christophe Bart and Will Jones have cruciate ligament injuries, while Jack Shaylor and Luke Allen are also .
Chinnor open their National 2 South season with an away trip to Exmouth.
Oxford Harlequins will be without Charlie Ward, Ramen Farahani (both unavailable) and Ralph Jones (holiday) when they they travel to Newbury for their South West 1 East opener. Coach Steve Chadbone added: “We have no injuries and a big squad to choose from, so a few players will be disappointed.” Prop Martyn Walsh (knee ligaments) is Grove’s only absentee when the promoted side host old rivals Swindon. Walsh is set for a lengthy spell out after suffering the injury in the warm-up match with Henley 2nd. Witney start their campaign away to Buckingham.
Henley Hawks (v Tynedale, home): O’Neill, Andre, Nutt (capt), Allen, Awcock, Comben, Carter, Maddocks, Penny, Manning, Clements, McNally, Woodward, Dwyer, Payne. Reps: Church, Stapley, Long, Wells, Bruce.
Harlequins (v Newbury, away): Robinson, Johnson, Walsh, Fisilau, Seals, Norris, Coggin, Marshall, Rodriguez, Bolton, Purchase, Brown (capt), Battson, Toupou, Achilles. Reps: Edney, Saleby, Mott. Grove (v Swindon, home): N Sevier, Carr, Clipsham, Bellinger, N Sevier, R Sevier, Gustafson, Eckert (capt), Wilkinson, Dixey, Miles, Hare, B Nichol, Wells. Reps: Wallbridge, Lewis, Peel.
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