TEAM NEWS: Stevenson and Grove return to face Plymouth Albion

22nd March 2013

London Scottish have made three changes to the side that lost at Leeds Carnegie three weeks ago as they look to return to winning ways against Plymouth this weekend.

Simon Whatling, Oli Grove and Jamie Stevenson come into the starting side for London Scottish as they aim to bounce back from defeat to Leeds Carnegie last time out when they face Plymouth Albion at the Athletic Ground this weekend (KO 3pm).

Whatling, a loan signing from London Welsh, will play at fly-half as Phil Godman drops to the replacements bench. Grove, who was injured during the win over Jersey on March 2nd and missed the Leeds game, returns to the side at outside centre.

Stevenson returns at scrum half, forming a new half-back pairing with Whatling, and David Howells keeps his place on the wing, after returning from a long spell out with injury in the last few games.

There are no changes in the pack as Lewis Thiede keeps his place at tighthead. Paul Spivey and Tyler Hotson continue their partnership in the second row and the loose-forward trio of Ben Russell, Chevvy Pennycook and skipper Mark Bright are teamed together once again.

Nic Mayhew, Harry Allen and Eric Fry provide the front row options on the replacements bench and there are also places for Harlequins’ dual-registered lock Sam Twomey, who last weekend helped his parent club win the LV Cup final against Sale Sharks, and flanker Tommy Spinks, back from international U20s duty with Scotland.

London Scottish side to face Plymouth Albion at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday 23rd March (KO 3pm):

15 Jim Thompson
14 James Love
13 Oli Grove
12 Andy Reay
11 David Howells
10 Simon Whatling
9 Jamie Stevenson
1 Mark Irish
2 Adam Kwasnicki
3 Lewis Thiede
4 Paul Spivey
5 Tyler Hotson
6 Ben Russell
7 Chevvy Pennycook
8 Mark Bright (c)


16 Nic Mayhew
17 Harry Allen
18 Eric Fry
19 Sam Twomey
20 Tommy Spinks
21 Richard Bolt
22 Phil Godman


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