THE enforced winter break has benefited Chinnor, according to director of rugby Matt Williams.

The Oxon club resume their promotion bid in National League 2 South with a trip to lowly Wimbledon tomorrow, after the weather wiped out the entire programme last weekend.

“Because many players live some way away, we were unable to train after the snow came,” said Williams

“But it has given them a much-needed break, and allowed several to recover from injury.”

Jack Ramshaw, Will Bordill and Kieran Goss are now all fit for the trip to Wimbledon, who are enjoying a resurgence, having won four of their last five games.

Henley Hawks aim to complete the double over hosts Bury St Edmunds, having won at Dry Leas before Christmas.

The visitors welcome back prop Dave Manning, who has been unavailable since October on overseas assignments.

On the down side, they will be without injured skipper Jake Albon who will be out for the rest of the season. David Hyde takes his place in the second row.

Alec Ashby makes his debut on the wing for Oxford Harlequins in their South West 1 East match at home to Chippenham.

Huw Dimond returns at fly half for Quins, with Ed Yates moving to full back and Ollie Rees to lock.

Forwards Adam Copperwheat and Lloyd Allen are back for Witney’s trip to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Tom Mclimont and Chris Turner come into the Grove pack at Old Patesians, replacing the unavailable Joe Bellinger and injured Jack Horrocks. Guy Nichol, Joe Chilvers and Jamie Burns all return to the backline.

Promotion-chasing Banbury visit Salisbury, while struggling Bicester are away to Royal Wootton Bassett.


Chinnor (v Wimbledon, away): Goss, Chesters, Barnes, Dancer, Nawaqaliva, Bentley, Goodfellow, Bingham, Lawrence, Gilding, Ramshaw, Ranaboldo, Bradley, Bordill, Manning. Reps: Cano, Mason, Turner, Barton, Lamont.

Henley Hawks (v Bury St Edmunds, away): Robinson, O’Neill, Janes, Hayhow, Andre, Butler, Jackson, Manning, Wunder, Ball, Clements (capt), Hyde, Haynes, White, Lowe. Reps: Cook, Emery, Hall, Howe, Portland.

Oxford Harlequins (v Chippenham): Yeates, Crowe, Nutt, Stacey (capt), Ashby, Dimond, Wiggins, Cashman, Davies, Farahani, Purchase, Rees, Todd, Guthrie, Latu. Reps: DeLange, Ojo, Hazelhurst, O’Brian, Fisilau.

Witney (v Stratford-upon-Avon, away): Lambourne, Morgan, Boshell, Lamb, Gaffney, Birk, G Campbell, Burke, Copperwheat, Richens, Webb, Mortimer, C Campbell, Allen, Bayliss. Reps: Wakeman, Coe.

Grove (v Old Patesians, away): Monks, Tokelove, Burns, Nichol, Davies, Maryon, Chilvers, Hook, Dixey, McCarthy, Tyler, Miles, Mclimont, Turner, Marshall. Reps: Wallbridge, Ponting, Matthews.