Shropshire have named four newcomers in their squad for the Three Counties Championship match against Worcestershire & Herefordshire at Shrewsbury on February 6 (8pm).
Shrewsbury’s former England Under-16 international wing Colin Dickson, Whitchurch wing Jed Towers and Bridgnorth full-back Charlie Torr will all start with Newport’s Clive van Rensburg set to make his county debut off the bench.
Shropshire were beaten by Greater Birmingham in the tournament opener at Bournville last month and need to beat Worcestershire & Herefordshire, the defending champions, to have any hope of reaching the final which will be played at Telford Hornets on March 13.
Worcestershire & Herefordshire host Greater Birmingham at Stourbridge on February 20 with the top two teams in the group progressing to the final.
The Three Counties Championship is contested annually by the three Domestic Unions which make up North Midlands RFU.
15 Charlie Torr (Brignorth); 14 Jed Towers (Whitchurch), 13 Dave Hartshorne (Newport), 12 Luca Owens (Whitchurch), 11 Colin Dickson (Shrewsbury); 10 Pete Thomas (Newport), 9 James Morgan (Bridgnorth); 1 Conor Madden (Bridgnorth), 2 James Yeomans (Bridgnorth), 3 Stu Edwards (Bridgnorth), 4 Simon Price (Newport), 5 James Chatto (Bridgnorth), 6 Tahu Nikora (Bridgnorth), 7 Liam Deery (Shrewsbury), 8 Charlie Hill (Telford Hornets).
Replacements: 16 Will Rogers (Bridgnorth), 17 Sam Woodhall (Bridgnorth), 18 Sam Downing (Bridgnorth), 19 Clive van Rensburg (Newport), 20 Alex Morrison (Newport), 21 Nathan Smart (Bridgnorth), 22 Tom Cookson (Shrewsbury)