Shropshire have made seven changes to their starting XV for the Iskitz Three Counties Championship match against Greater Birmingham at Telford Hornets’ Town Park ground on Tuesday May 3 (7.30pm).
Shropshire’s quest to win a fourth successive title began in disappointing fashion when they were trounced 57-10 by Worcestershire & Herefordshire in the opening match of their title defence at Kidderminster last week.
But they now face a Greater Birmingham side who scratched from their opening match against Worcestershire & Herefordshire knowing that a win will secure a re-match with the Two Counties in the final at Newport on May 14.
Shropshire have brought Bridgnorth pair Adam Stirling and Dan Griffiths into their front row, Shrewsbury’s Michael Venn into the second row and Bridgnorth flanker Alex Grainger in at openside in four changes to the pack.
Shrewsbury’s Tom Cookson starts at fly-half with Jack Lines of Ludlow and Will Biddell of Bridgnorth forming a new centre pairing.
There is likely to be an eighth change to the side as gap in the side on the left wing, which was occupied by Bridgnorth’s Sam Alvey last week, has yet to be filled.
15 Will Sparrow (Ludlow); 14 Kieran Harding (Harper Adams University), 13 Jack Lines (Ludlow), 12 Will Biddell (Bridgnorth), 11 TBC; 1 Tom Cookson (Shrewsbury), 9 Hamish Fuller (Oswestry); 1 Adam Sirling (Bridgnorth), 2 Dan Griffiths (Bridgnorth), 3 Andrew Smith (Oswestry – captain), 4 Michael Venn (Shrewsbury), 5 George Adams (Shrewsbury), 6 Jake Rees (Whitchurch), 7 Alex Grainger (Bridgnorth), 8 Liam Deery (Shrewsbury). Replacements: Richard Hooper (Bridgnorth), Simon Evitts (Shrewsbury), Gareth Bladen (Bridgnorth).
15 Liam Lyndsey (Camp Hill); 14 Andrew Pearce (Old Yardleians), 13 Edward Lea (Handsworth), 12 Mark Coulson (Edwardians), 11 Tom Burrows (Old Saltleians); 10 Thomas Lea (Handsworth), 9 Chris Bell (Handsworth); 1 Alex Willis (Old Saltleians), 2 Oliver Degville (Handsworth), 3 Kurtis Payne (Birmingham & Solihull), 4 Michael Brenan (Old Yardleians), 5 Ryan Lee (Old Saltleians), 6 Dan Lavander (Moseley Oak), 7 George Ward (Old Saltleians), 8 Lewus Gaffney (Edwardians). Replacements: Jan Erikson (Camp Hill).