THE Cornish Pirates make four changes to their team for Saturday’s trip to west London to take on Richmond in Round 14 of the Greene King IPA Championship.

In the backs, Matt Evans is selected on the wing and Alex Schwarz is named at scrum-half, while in the forwards prop Christian Judge, back from a spell at Premiership side Saracens, makes his first start since September and Josh Caulfield returns to wear the number six shirt. Fit-again Tom Duncan is named among the replacements.

Richmond have named Cornish forward Rupert Freestone at hooker for the game.

Pirates’ co-coach Alan Paver has said: “We know we have to be on our mettle this Saturday, as nothing is a given and at this level you can’t get away with a poor performance, because you’ll get beat.

“It will be important that we do the basics really well to execute our game and that the set-piece especially functions.

“It is crucial – you need a scrum, you need a line-out and you definitely can’t lose both in a game. Turning up with the right attitude is also key.”

The two teams have met each other five times since Richmond’s Championship level arrival in 2016.

Richmond won the first two encounters, but the Pirates have emerged victorious since, including a hard-fought 29-19 result at home in September.

Cornish Pirates: 15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Matt Evans, 13 Rory Parata, 12 Callum Patterson, 11 Robin Wedlake, 10 Javier Rojas Alvarez, 9 Alex Schwarz; 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Danny Cutmore, 5 Brett Beukeboom (c), 6 Josh Caulfield, 7 Matt Bolwell, 8 Dan Lee.

Replacements: 16 Dan Frost, 17 Tom Concu, 18 James McRae, 19 Tom Duncan, 20 Alex Day, 21 Harvey Skinner, 22 Dan Koster.

Richmond: 15 Lewis Dennett, 14 Callum Sirker, 13 Cam Mitchell, 12 Henry Cheeseman, 11 Marcus Webber, 10 Rory Damant, 9 Luc Jones, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2 Rupert Freestone, 3 Craig Trenier,
4 Will Warden, 5 Max Crawford, 6 Jake Parker, 7 Jesse Liston, 8 Chris Davies.

Replacements: 16 Caldon Pike, 17 Dave Spelman, 18 Charlie Lenygon, 19 Toby Saysell, 20 Jamie Gibbs, 21 Jono Woodward, 22 Rob Kirby



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