Worcestershire & Herefordshire have named a new-look side for their opening match in their defence of the Three Counties Championship against Shropshire at Shrewsbury on February 6 (8pm).
There are six newcomers in the starting line-up and five more on the bench for W&H who are seeking a fourth consecutive title in the triangular competition.
Old Halesonians Joel Keenan, Bromsgrove props Cam Simpson and Oli Dunkley, Bredon Star lock Ellis Hill, Old Halesonians blindside Callum Bradbury and Bromsgrove openside flanker Cam McCann will all make their county debuts off the bench.
Bredon Star’s Alex Antonelli and Thomas Mitchell, Joe Nicklin of Kidderminster Carolians, Evesham’s Ashley Icke and Tom Hinks of Bromsgrove are the potential debutants among the replacements.
Worcestershire & Herefordshire will play Greater Birmingham in the tournament opener, in the final group match at Stourbridge on February 20.
The top two teams in the group will meet in the final at Telford Hornets on March 13.
Worcestershire & Herefordshire
15 Joel Keenan (Old Halesonians); 14 Joshua Sands (Evesham), 13 Ed Gough (Alcester), 12 Ben King (Malvern), 11 Ash White (Pershore); 10 Tomos Williams (Evesham), 9 David Oliver (Pershore); 1 Cam Simpson (Bromsgrove), 2 Joey Roberts (Droitwich), 3 Oli Dunkley (Bromsgrove), 4 Russ Brown (Droitwich), 5 Ellis Hill (Bredon Star), 6 Callum Bradbury (Old Halesonians), 7 Cam McCann (Bromsgrove), 8 Max Macfarlane (Upton-on-Severn – captain).
Replacements: 16 Alex Antonelli (Bredon Star), 17 Joe Nicklin (Kidderminster Carolians), 18 Ashley Icke (Evesham), 19 Tom Hinks (Bromsgrove), 20 Bryn Williams (Bromsgrove), 21 Thomas Mitchell (Bredon Star), 22 Mick Protheroe (Kidderminster Carolians)