17/04/14 by Paul Bolton
|Shropshire have included 11 newcomers in their squad for their opening match in their defence of the RLF Three Counties Championship against Worcestershire & Herefordshire at Kings Norton on Tuesday April 22 (7.30pm).Shropshire beat the Two Counties in last May’s final at Stourbridge and the two sides will meet again in a re-match at the start of this year’s competition.
Shropshire will be captained by Newport prop Tom Cowell and he will lead a squad that includes newcomers in Adam Sterling, Jake Bates, Nick Davies, Jamie Claire, Jeremy Darley, Joe Northwood, Tom Spinney, Monty Maule, Callum Patterson, David Clark and Ashley Patterson.
The second group match between Greater Birmingham and Worcestershire & Herefordshire on April 29 has been moved from Edwardians RFC to Birmingham Exiles’ Elmdon ground.
Shropshire will ply their home group match against Greater Birmingham at Telford Hornets on May 6.
The top two teams in the group will progress to the final at Stourbridge’s Stourton Park on May 13.
All matches in the competition kick off at 7.30pm.
RLF Three Counties Championship is contested annually by the three Domestic Unions that make up the North Midlands RFU and has given players from outside the National Leagues an opportunity to showcase their talent.
Forwards: Adam Sterling (Bridgnorth), Phil Rogers (Newport), Tom Cowell (Newport – captain), Theo Hodnett (Ludlow),
Shropshire name 11 newcomers in squad for RLF opener
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