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Cornish Pirates V. Doncaster

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 18th October 2014.

The Cornish Pirates will be hoping recent history repeats itself in the British and Irish Cup.

Our guys are travelling to Doncaster for the second round match.

We beat the northerners away in the league two weeks ago.

Director of rugby Ian Davies is expecting a tough test: "If you look at their reports and the comments made by their director of rugby and some of the players, they are smarting from the defeat. It was their second consecutive home defeat as well, Worcester Warriors had beaten them as well, so I'm sure they'll be fully loaded for this weekend.

"We won the competition in the inaugural year, we've been in the semi-finals, we've been to a couple of quarter-finals and we do have a proud record. We're in a particularly tough group and away trips could be the difference."

Saturday's Pool 4 game comes after the Pirates' home win against Bedford Blues last Sunday, which ended 35 -34.

Doncaster also won last weekend, beating Cross Keys away 37 - 32.

The side named by the Pirates is a young one and excluding the names of returning hooker Rob Elloway and prop Alan Paver, the average age is just 21.

Richard Lane, who signed for the club during the week on dual registration with Bath Rugby, is set to make his debut for the Cornish Pirates on the wing, and another dual registered player, Stuart Townsend from Exeter Chiefs, who appeared in two pre-season friendlies, is selected at scrum-half.

Club captain Chris Morgan is listed among the replacements for this encounter, so flanker Alex Cheesman will have the honour of skippering the side.

Speaking before travelling 'up north', Ian Davies, commented: "Castle Park is always a tough place to go but we are keen to repeat the hard fought win achieved a couple of weeks ago."

Cornish Pirates: 15 Max Bodilly, 14 Craig Holland, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Alex Dancer, 11 Richard Lane, 10 Laurence May, 9 Stuart Townsend; 1 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Rob Elloway, 3 Alan Paver, 4 Will Graulich, 5 Will Carrick Smith, 6 Alex Cheesman (capt), 7 Joe Atkinson, 8 Jake Parker.

Replacements: 16 Dean Brooker, 17 Jack Andrew, 18 Marcus Garratt, 19 Chris Morgan, 20 Gavin Cattle, 21 Bertie Hopkin, 22 Luke Jones.

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