10:00am Friday 20th September 2013
Henley have been dealt a big blow ahead of their National 1 clash at home to Rosslyn Park.
The pacy Xavier Andre picked up a nasty shoulder injury in last week’s defeat at Esher and is sidelined.
This has caused a shuffle in the back division, with Neil Baggett moving from full back to right wing.
Liam O’Neill has recovered from injury and comes in at No 15.
There are also changes in the front row. Dai Maddocks is out, so Dave Manning moves to open side, with Alex Penny (tight head) and Ant Brennan (hooker) coming in.
Ryan Long is named at No 6, switching places with Will Woodward, who drops to the bench.
Chinnor welcome back Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas to their squad for the National 2 South game at Shelford.
Will Millett bruised a heel in last week’s win over Dings Crusaders, but is expected to be fit.
Coach Matt Goode is pleased with his side’s start – two contrasting victories.
“We had to grind out one win in horrible conditions, and then last week, with the sun out, we played some great rugby,” he said.
“I think we have shown that we can mix it about, which will be crucial.
“In the past we have often struggled in the wet and let bigger teams dominate us, but if we keep our intensity up, we can hopefully put that right this season.”
Oxford Harlequins bid to make it three from three when they entertain Reading in South West 1 East.
Sam Bennett comes in for Jackson Achilles, who is away, while Dylan Rod-riguez also starts.
Quins beat Oxfordshire rivals Witney last week, but head coach Steve Chadbone said that it was not their best performance.
“The result was never in doubt, but the players and coaches were all frustrated that we didn’t score more points,” he said.
“Hopefully we can get a bit of momentum going, but it’s a good sign that everyone is not satisfied despite winning.”
Witney travel to Cheltenham, while Grove bid to get off the mark at home to Windsor.
Henley Hawks (v Rosslyn Park, home): O'Neill, Baggett, Nutt (capt), Wells, Awcock, Allen, Carter, Manning , Brennan, Penny, Clements, McNally, Long, Dwyer, Stapley. Reps: Bruce, Woodward, Haynes, Milford-Scott, Reeves.
Chinnor (v Shelford, away) from Jones, Cathcart, Fielding, Millett, Goode, Farr, Mountford, Whelan, Winpenny, Wood, Hopwood, Corpe, Tichard-Jones, Vickers, Berry, Mowbray, Gilbert, Tibbert, Hastings, Smith, Hirskyj-Douglas.
Oxford Harlequins (v Reading, home): Robinson, Walsh Johnson, Fisilau, Seals, Norris, Jones, Marshall, Rodriguez, Boulton, Purchase, Brown (capt), Bennett, Selby, Toupou. Reps: Barlow, Neal, Noyce.
Grove (v Windsor, home): from N Sevier, Carr, B Nichol, Bellinger, G Nichol, R Sevier, Gustafson, Eckert (capt), Dixey, Wallbridge, Miles, Wright, Hare, Wells, Gratwohl, Wilkinson, Lewis, Peel, Lane, Wiltshire, Maryon.
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