Harrison Tovey to make first league start for Plymouth Albion
HARRISON TOVEY will make his first league start for Plymouth Albion tomorrow night when they take on London Scottish at Brickfields (7.45pm).
Tovey will line-up in the second-row in a much-changed Albion side from the one that lost 16-14 at Jersey.
Nat Saumi has made eight changes to his team.
Six of those are enforced with Canadian forwards Aaron Carpenter and Brett Beukeboom on international duty, dual-registered youngsters Henry Slade, Jack Arnott and Luke Cowan-Dickie recalled by Exeter Chiefs and Paul Bailey out injured.
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The two unenforced changes see Lewis Warner and Paul Rowley drop down to the bench with Tom Bowen and Ruairi Cushion coming in to replace them.
The other players coming into team are the experienced Rhodri McAtee, record appearance holder Keni Fisilau, Toby Howley-Berridge, David Morton and Rupeni Nasiga.
Fijian international Nasiga, who has started just two league games so far, will form a new-look second-row with former Clifton player Tovey.
"There are loads of changes," said Albion coach Nat Saumi.
"You don't really want to make so many changes, but I have no other choice.
"Exeter have taken three away and the two Canadians are away, so that is already five changes and Paul Bailey is injured.
"I have to play the guys I have got here, but these boys have been waiting for their opportunity.
"They are all looking forward to the challenge and I hope they produce the goods."
He added: "The players are here to play rugby and I got them here because I have faith in them.
"They just have to step up to the plate and produce the goods."
Albion have reshuffled their back line-up.
Fit-again McAtee will make his first start for Albion at full-back, Howley-Berridge will line-up on the wing instead of his favourite centre position, with Fisilau re-forming the centre partnership he had in the first half of last season with Bevon Armitage.
Fisilau has not started a league game since the end of January as he missed the end of last year's campaign due to a suspension he picked up for a dangerous tackle against tomorrow's opponents London Scottish.
Saumi is looking forward to seeing Fisilau set a benchmark for some of the club's younger players tomorrow.
"Keni has been on the bench and played those two cup games and played well," said Saumi.
"He is still fit and he is one of the most experienced guys in the team.
"Those young boys have been given a chance, but I'm bringing Keni back so he can set the standard again."
Albion are looking to end a run of five successive league and cup defeats.
London Scottish are also going through a bad run.
They have lost their last four league and cup games and have not won away all season.
Albion: 15 Rhodri McAtee, 14 Toby Howley-Berridge, 13 Keni Fisilau, 12 Bevon Armitage, 11 Tom Bowen, 10 Paul Roberts, 9 Ruairi Cushion, 1 David Morton, 2 Jon Vickers, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 4 Rupeni Nasiga, 5 Harrison Tovey, 6 Sam Hocking, 7 Wayne Sprangle, 8 Sean-Michael Stephen (capt). Reps: Paul Rowley, Lewis Warner, Ben Rogers, Jack Andrew, Tom Cowan-Dickie, Ien Ascroft-Leigh, Sam Matavesi.
THE funeral of Albion volunteer and fan Allan Shankland will take place tomorrow at Weston Mill Cemetry (2pm).
Shankland, who was an international snooker referee, died on October 29.