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CENTRE Alex Grove (pictured) captains Coventry in their second pre-season game tomorrow night (Wednesday) against Nuneaton at Liberty Way.

Grove is one of eight new signings in a starting XV that is supported by a Development Academy-led bench of 13 players.

Cov, who opened with a 48-19 win at Leicester Lions last week, are away to Championship side Jersey Reds on Saturday.

“Last week was a great way to get started, we won the game convincingly but, more importantly, we began to put into place the key parts of our game,” said director of rugby Rowland Winter.

“Now that we’ve had a bit of game time, I expect to see the players continue to build on last week’s performance and begin to demonstrate what they will add to the team this year.

“Nuneaton had a great season last year, narrowly missing out on promotion , so they’ll provide a tough test for us and it will be a good marker for many of our Development players who will feature heavily in the second half.“

Kick-off is 7.30pm.

COVENTRY: 15 Ben Palmer, 14 James Neal, 13 Alex Grove (captain), 12 Tom Wheatcroft, 11 Anthony Matoto, 10 Tony Fenner, 9 Dave Brazier, 1 Andy Brown, 2 Matt Price, 3 Harry Morley, 4 Tom Jubb, 5 Cameron Gray, 6 Kailus Hutchinson, 7 Olly Povoas, 8 Latu Makaafi.

Replacements: 16 Nathaneal Titchard-jones, 17 Gabriel Oghre, 18 Luc Jeannot, 19 Willie Priestley, 20 Michael Ryan, 21 Myles Hibbs, 22 Sam McNulty, 23 Connor Adams, 24 Javiah Pohe, 25 Joe Lane, 26 Max Titchener, 27 Sam Payne, 28 Cliffie Hodgson.