21/04/14 by Paul Bolton
|Worcestershire & Herefordshire have named a new-look squad for their opening match in this season’s RLF Three Counties Championship against holders Shropshire at Kings Norton tomorrow (April 22) (7.30pm).Players from Malvern and Worcester Wanderers are unavailable because of outstanding league and North Midlands Cup commitments so the Two Counties have named a squad that includes 14 newcomers in it.
Only nine of the 23-man squad have played in the competition before with James Thomas, Scott Parry, Stuart Brooks, Tom King, Rob Phillips, Max Macfarlane, Richard Saddington, Chris Danks, Phil Greenside, Ben Ream, Chris McGregor, Sam Bastock, Mark Strutt and Alex Saddington all in line for debuts.
Worcestershire & Herefordshire were beaten by Shropshire in last season’s final at Stourbridge and will play their second group match in the competition against Greater Birmingham at Birmingham Exiles on April 29.
Shropshire will play 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.
Worcestershire & Herefordshire squad:
James Thomas (Droitwich), Scott Parry (Worcester University), Ben Hillstead (Hereford), Stuart Brooks (Upton on Severn), James Shewell (Droitwich), Tom King (Old Halesonians), Loz Breeze (Old Halesonians), Rob Phillips (Kidderminster Carolians), Max Macfarlane (Upton on Severn), Richard Saddington (Droitwich),
Chris Danks (Droitwich), Dean Powell (Hereford), Simon Sabel (Old Halesonians), Andrew Holloway (Old Halesonians), Jack Fairhurst (Moseley Oak), Phil Greenside (Worcester University), Ben Ream (Droitwich), Chris McGregor (Bromsgrove), Sam Bastock (Bromsgrove), Mark Strutt (Droitwich), Alex Saddington (Redditch), Steff Ellis (Pershore), Chris O’Neil (Upton on Severn).
Two Counties name new-look squad for RLF opener
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