26/04/14 by Paul Bolton
|Greater Birmingham have included five debutants in their squad for their opening match in this season’s RLF Three Counties Championship against Worcestershire & Herefordshire at Birmingham Exiles’ Elmdon ground on Tuesday April 29 (7.30pm).The Veseyans trio of James Hatley, Matt Hipkiss and Jake Farrow are all in line to make their Greater Birmingham debuts along with Corey Douglas of Bournville and Connor Reidy of Yardley & District.
Greater Birmingham will be captained by Walsall’s former Moseley flanker Steve Halbert and Zak Feau’nati, the former Bath and Samoa back row forward, is again available for county duty.
Feau’nati, who now plays for Veseyans, made his Greater Birmingham debut 12 months ago and enjoyed an outstanding campaign in the competition which features the three Domestic Unions which comprise the North Midlands RFU.
Worcestershire & Herefordshire, who were beaten finalists 12 months ago, need to beat Greater Birmingham to have any hope of progressing to the final as they were beaten by Shropshire in their opening group match at Kings Norton last week.
Greater Birmingham play their final group match against Shropshire at Telford Hornets RFC on May 16.
The final, which will be contested by the top two teams in the group, will be played at Stourbridge’s Stourton Park on May 13.
All matches kick off at 7.30pm.
Greater Birmingham squad:
James Hatley (Veseyans), Aaron Smith (Bournville), Russ Gauden (Walsall), Lewis Gaffney (Birmingham City University), Steve Halbert (Walsall), Matt Dickerson (Bournville), Tom Grocott (Old Yardleians), Mark Coulson (Edwardians), Moses Liwaliwa (Bournville), Ash Knight (Bournville), Rhys Slocombe (Birmingham City University), Jake Cullotty (Bournville), Matt Hipkiss (Veseyans), Corey Douglas (Bournville), Connor Reidy (Yardley & District), Jake Farrow (Veseyans), Zak Feau’nati (Veseyans), Jamie Hickman (Walsall), Greg Johnson (Edwardians), Mehmet Vardarick (Walsall).
Greater Birmingham name five debutants in RLF squad
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