Plymouth Albion are up against Loughborough Students at Brickfields tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) for the final game of their National League One season (KO 3pm).
The two sides were last matched in November at Loughborough’s University Stadium when Albion achieved a good seven tries to four victory 49-28.
Since then, the return fixture has been postponed twice and, as a result, is the final remaining game of the whole National League One calendar.
While the result will not affect promotion or relegation standings, a win for Albion would mean a third-place finish.
Loughborough Students sit just three points clear of the drop zone in 13th position.
Meanwhile, two new signings have been announced that will boost the Albion squad for next season.
Fly-half Fraser Honey joins from National League Two side Bury St Edmunds, while 28-year-old hooker Davy McGregor returns to the fold for his third stint at the club.
Head coach Kieran Hallett is delighted to have secured the services of 21-year-old Honey: “He is someone I have known about for a couple of years now. We had a look at him last summer but it didn’t quite come together, so I’m really happy we have managed to bring him on board.
“It is a big step up for him as he hasn’t played at this level before but the kid can play, he’s got some good skill sets and I am looking forward to having him here.”
Honey, from Holsworthy, says he was attracted to Plymouth by the club’s ambition: “I love the direction the club is heading in and to be given a chance to be part of it is great. The opportunity to work with Kieran will be massive for my development as he was a very good 10.”
The former Cornish All Black, who featured for the county in their 15-15 draw with Surrey at Camborne last Saturday, has had a successful season and, with 168 points, was his team’s top scorer.
He adds: “From a team point of view it’s fair to say we underachieved but, personally, I was very happy with the form I showed. Working with the likes of Ollie Smith and Kevin Maggs was fantastic for my game.
“Next season I want to work hard and push on with my development, show Kieran and the boys what I can do and, hopefully, pick up as much game time as possible.
“My long-term goal is to get to the top two tiers of English rugby but, first and foremost, I want to concentrate on training and performing well for Plymouth.”
Front row forward Davy McGregor left the club four years ago but says he has always kept a close eye on Albion’s affairs, both on and off the field: “My last stint at the club was the most enjoyable season of my professional career and I made very close friends with some of those still playing and supporting the club. This made it an easy decision to come back.
“I feel that Albion is my ‘home’ club and the chance to represent it again is extremely appealing.”
The Ulsterman returned to Devon around 18 months ago and has been playing for South West Premier side Exmouth: “I decided I would come back to live here with my partner and kids, pursue a career in teaching and work on my gym equipment manufacturing business.
“My goal with Albion is to get my head down and work hard so I can add something positive to what is already a great squad. I look forward to competing with Salts and whoever else wants the number two shirt.
“I want to prove to myself that I can still compete at a high standard and am looking forward to catching up with the lads and helping the club’s thriving community section.”
Hallett values the positive approach he believes McGregor will bring to the squad: “Davy is a good bloke who loves the club and wants to be part of what we are doing. Having someone around with that attitude will be a great help. He will also provide depth and competition in that hooker slot.”
For the Loughborough game, the club is offering deals for students and serving and former military personnel.
Students can gain ground entry for £7.50 on production of an NUS card, representing a saving of 50% off the usual price of £15, while serving and former military personnel can gain entry for £10 with valid ID, saving £5 off the usual price.
Plymouth Albion team to face Loughborough Students at Brickfields on Saturday, May 12 (KO 3pm).
15 Matt Shepherd, 14 Jordan Gott, 13 Dean Squire, 12 Robbie Weeks, 11 Harrison Cully, 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Will Norton, 2 Jamie Salter, 3 Luke Chapman, 4 Lewis Pearson, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 6 Dan Williams, 7 Jack Innard, 8 Herbie Stupple.
16 James Kenny, 17 Benjamin Phillips, 18 Luke Flack, 19 Seta Raumakita.