Powell back for Cockles in big game at table-topping Dings Crusaders

PUBLISHED: 16:03 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 01 December 2017

Dan Powell with Exmouth director of rugby Chris Wright

Dan Powell with Exmouth director of rugby Chris Wright

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Former Cockle Dan Powell returns on loan from Plymouth Albion and comes straight into the starting line up for tomorrows trip to league leaders Dings.

Powell had a loan stint with Exmouth last year, having moved to Albion in the summer of 2016, following a promotion winning campaign with the Cockles the previous year. Dan is being sponsored by Refrigerated Vehicle Rental.

His arrival is timely with the news that the Cockles injury list hasn’t got any better, and in fact has got worse since last week!

Owen Nesbitt, Tom Whelan, Harvey Ridgeway, Alex Goldman, Mark Wathes, Matt Dayment and Richard Bright all sit out tomorrows encounter with the league leaders ... a possible stating backs line up in itself, and all of whom have started a number of league games this season!

Jordan Shakespeare, another first XV starter in the back line this season is also out with concussion following last weeks 2nd XV game against Clifton!

Richard Cadywould, another back with considerable 1st XV experience, sits out tomorrow’s game with work commitments. That’s nine backs, all with 1st XV experience this season out, to add to long term injury victim, Ali Hill who continues his rehabilitation.

Powell is in fact the only change to last weeks backline, that looked so lively, and comes in for Bright.

Upfront, the Cockles are boosted by the return of influential skipper Jack Fahy and former captain Dave Bargent, who replace the unavailable Tom Barnard and Ben Hawley.

1st xv v Dings (away) 3pm kick-off: 1. Nick Halse; 2. Davy McGregor; 3.Paul Flower; 4. Jack Fahy (capt); 5. Mike Richards; 6. Lewis Cooper; 7. Dave Bargent; 8. Sam Richardson; 9. Lloyd Watkins; 10. George Meadows; 11. Jack Downie; 12. Tom Steer; 13. Henry Goldson; 14. Matt Ryan; 15. Dan Powell

Replacements: 16. Charlie Gibbings; 17. Dan Armstrong; 18. Pete Ingoldsby

The Cockles 2nd XV are also in action against Dings 2nd XV and, like the 1st XV, they are away with their match, a South West Pilot League meeting, kicking-off at 2.30pm.

Back Three player Nick Headley comes into the squad, having been unavailable last week, as does James Clark, away at University in Gloucester, but only a short drive away to represent his hometown club.

Squad from: Lendon, Harrison, Turner (O), White, Sharp, Inglis, Harris (capt), Morshead, Cooke, Murrin, Mingo, Clark, AN Other, Headley, Hurrell, Smith (N), Turner (H), Smith (A).

The Cockles third team host Okehampton with the Imperial Ground match kicking-off at 2.30pm.

The Cockles colts travel to Exeter Saracens (2.30pm). Scrum half Sam Fulthorpe, fly half Harry Ottaway, back rower Ethan Langson Justice, and hooker Matt Seager are all on Devon Under 18’s duty on Sunday so sit out tomorrows friendly. Tom Cooke, a centre or half back starts for the 2nd XV tomorrow.

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