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Director of Rugby Rowland Winter has named half a dozen competitive debutants for Coventry Rugby’s 2021 Greene King IPA Championship opener against Bedford Blues on Saturday afternoon (KO 3:00pm).

Nic Dolly, James Harper, Sam Lewis, Joe Snow, Kieran Wilkinson and Rob Stevenson have all impressed during the pre-season warm-ups and have been handed their first start in blue and white (or in tomorrow’s case, red) for the clash between two of the country’s most historic and storied clubs.

Ryan Burrows will wear the captain’s armband, and there are plenty of other familiar faces in the starting line-up.

There are two more potential debutants on the bench, too, in the form of hooker Suva Ma’asi and youngster Louis James.

Live streaming from Butts Park Arena starts at 2:40pm, with the booking link at the bottom of this story.

Greene King IPA Championship Round 1
Butts Park Arena
Saturday, March 6th, 2021
Kick off 3:00pm

15 Louis Brown; 14 Rob Stevenson, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Will Owen, 11 Rob Knox; 10 Kieran Wilkinson, 9 Joe Snow; 1 Toby Trinder, 2 Nic Dolly, 3 James Harper, 4 Nile Dacres, 5 Adam Peters, 6 Sam Lewis, 7 Ben Nutley, 8 Ryan Burrows (capt)

16 Suva Ma’asi, 17 Luc Jeannot, 18 Phil Boulton, 19 Alex Woolford, 20 Senitiki Nayalo, 21 Pete White, 22 Tony Fenner, 23 Louis James