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Plymouth Albion forced into two late changes for Jersey clash

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Illness has forced Plymouth Albion to make two late changes to their starting line up for the British & Irish Cup match against Jersey at St Peter.

Lewis Warner moves up from the bench to play on the right wing replacing Pete Homan, while Jake Henry is added to the replacements.

Canadian international Andy Tiedemann comes into the side at tight head prop replacing Tom Heard

Plymouth Albion name strong side for the B & I Cup visit to Jersey

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Following their morale boosting 19 all draw at Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend, Plymouth Albion have named a strong side for their second visit of the season to Jersey.

Outside the scrum there is a welcome return for fly half Declan Cusack who made his first appearance of the season off the bench last weekend in Yorkshire.

The experienced Cusack will be partnered by Cameron Setter who will be making his first start for Albion.

Dual registered Jack Arnott moves from wing to full back with Australian Marc Koteczky switching to the centre.

In the pack Fijian international Sam Matavesi starts the game at hooker and has the honour of captaining Albion for the first time.

There are recalls for lock Tom Jubb and flanker Eoghan Grace which sees dual registered Sam Simmonds move across to number 8.

Plymouth Albion currently sit bottom of pool 5 with three points from three games and the only realistic chance they have of reaching the quarter finals is to win their last three matches.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Jack Arnott, 14 Pete Homan, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Marc Koteczky, 11 Ben Foley, 10 Declan Cusack, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Luke Chapman, 2 Sam Matavesi capt, 3 Tom Heard, 4 Tom Jubb, 5 Neale Patrick, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Sam Simmonds replacements 16 Tom Harrison, 17 Dan Pullinger, 18 Ali Bone, 19 Rhys Oakley, 20 Lewis Warner, 21 Josh Davies, 22 Lawrence Rayner.

Referee: Fergus Kirby (RFU)

Plymouth Albion hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie banned for five weeks

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Following his sending off in the Championship match against Yorkshire Carnegie, Plymouth Albion hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie appeared before a RFU Disciplinary Panel in Bristol on Tuesday 25 November.

The panel, which comprised of John Brennan (Chairman) Nick Dark and Andy Hambleton, banned Cowan-Dickie from playing for a period of five weeks.

Cowan-Dickie’s ban ends on 30 December, which means he will miss three British & Irish Cup matches as well as the post Christmas Championship match against the Cornish Pirates.

Plymouth Albion suspend hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie for four weeks

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Following the Yorkshire Carnegie v Plymouth Albion Greene King IPA Championship match that was played on Friday 21 November 2014, the disciplinary committee of Plymouth Albion met to review the sending off of hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie.

On the advice of the assistant referee, Cowan-Dickie was sent off in the 57th minute by referee David Proctor.

After hearing from the player and reviewing footage of the incident Plymouth Albion have suspended Cowan-Dickie for four weeks.

Plymouth v Yorkshire Carnegie match report

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Yorkshire Carnegie 19   Plymouth Albion 19

Friday 21st November 2014

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency 

So close yet so far. Albion were in touching distance of their first win of the season but Yorkshire Carnegie snatched victory from them when replacement Christian Georgiou scored a try with the last move of the game eight minutes into stoppage time.

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It could have been worse for Albion as fly half Harry Leonard lined up a touch line conversion that would have won the game for his side.

Fortunately for Albion the conversion that would have been so cruel on Albion if it had gone over was wide of the target.

Albion’s cause wasn’t helped by having hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie sent off in the 57th minute for an alleged head butt that was picked up by the assistant referee.

For the final 10 minutes Albion had to play with 13 after replacement Declan Cusack was yellow carded and being two men down probably cost Albion that still elusive first victory of the season.

Plymouth Albion made five changes to the side beaten by Worcester Warriors.

Albion added bulk to the pack and changed both wingers.

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Outside the scrum dual registered Jack Arnott returned from injury while Ben Foley made his second start for Albion on the other wing.

In the front row hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie was restored to the starting line up while tight head prop Alex Brown made his first start of the season having joined Albion during the week on loan from Exeter Chiefs.

The other change was in the second row where lock Neale Patrick returned to the starting line up having recovered from a hamstring injury.

On a miserable evening in Leeds the home side should have taken an early lead but full back Jonah Holmes dropped the ball in the act of scoring.

Carnegie took the lead in the 17th minute when Leonard kicked a penalty.

Albion fly half Lawrence Rayner was wide with a penalty shot before Leonard doubled the home lead with another three pointer.

On the half hour Carnegie score the opening try when hooker Phil Nilsen finished off a catch and drive.

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Leonard missed the conversion before Rayner got Albion up and running with a penalty and in first half stoppage time added another to send Carnegie into the break leading 11-6.

Carnegie went down to 14 early in the second half when former Albion man James Tideswell was sin binned and Rayner kicked the resultant penalty.

After Cowan-Dickie was sent off Albion had to bring on Sam Matavesi and sacrifice Arnott who if he had been on the field could have been in a position to prevent Carnegie scoring their last gasp try.

Rayner then put Albion ahead with his fourth penalty of the game before Albion went two scores clear.

A series of forward drives was finished off by flanker Sam Simmonds with Rayner adding the extras.

Albion failed to regather the restart which allowed Carnegie to get three points back through another Leonard penalty.

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That incident led to Cusack being carded and just as it looked like Albion were going hold out the home side snatched the draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

Yorkshire Carnegie: J Holmes, O Goss, R Vickerman, P Lucock, D Doherty, H Leonard, M Dudman, C Beech, P Nilsen, J Tideswell, N Hannay, M Smith, J Williams, C Walker, R Burrows replacements J Walker, L Imiolek, P Hill, R Beck, J Barnard, C Pilgrim, C Georgiou

Tries: Nilsen, Georgiou

Pens: Leonard 3

Yellow card: Tideswell

Plymouth Albion: M Koteczky, B Foley (D Cusack 54), B Woods, T Howley-Berridge, J Arnott (S Matavesi 60), L Rayner, R Cushion (C Setter 54), T Fidler, T Cowan-Dickie, A Brown (T Heard 77), T Hicks, N Patrick, R Langley, S Simmonds, R Oakley capt replacements not used L Chapman, T Jubb, P Homan

Try: Simmonds

Con: Rayner

Pens: Rayner 4

Yellow card: Cusack

Red card: Cowan-Dickie

Attendance: 1,265

Referee: David Proctor  (RFU)

England U20s tickets now on sale

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Tickets for England U20s v Italy U20s are now available to purchase through the Plymouth Albion shop.

Plymouth Albion will be hosting the England Under 20’s (current World Champions) first home game in this seasons Six Nations Championship at Brickfields on Friday 13 February with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

See the England Under 20s and get £5 off a ticket for Plymouth Albion v London Scottish on Sun 15th February, kick off 3pm.

To redeem the offer, simply purchase both tickets together in advance at the club, present your Under 20s ticket at the Albion club house  by 11th February 2014th  or redeem at the gate on the 15th February. (NB, this offer cannot be redeemed during the Under 20s game and is not available online)

We are running a group booking ticket offer for schools and rugby clubs. Please download the information here. Under 20s schools and clubs promotion

Download more information about ticket prices and Under 20s game.


If you have any queries about tickets, please call Plymouth Albion on 01752 565064 or email

Plymouth Albion make five changes for the visit to Yorkshire Carnegie

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Plymouth Albion, who are seven points detached at the bottom of the Championship, have made five changes to the side that gave high flying Worcester Warriors a good run for their money last weekend.

For the floodlit match against Yorkshire Carnegie (Friday kick off 8pm) Albion have added bulk to the pack and changed both wingers.

Outside the scrum dual registered Jack Arnott returns from injury while Ben Foley makes his second start for Albion on the other wing.

In the front row hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie is restored to the starting line up while tight head prop Alex Brown makes his first start of the season having joined Albion this week on loan from Exeter Chiefs.

The other change is in the second row where lock Neale Patrick returns to the starting line up having recovered from a hamstring injury.

On the bench there is a welcome return for fly half Declan Cusack who got injured in pre season.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Marc Koteczky, 14 Ben Foley, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Toby Howley-Berridge, 11 Jack Arnott, 10 Lawrence Rayner, 9 Ruairi Cushion, 1 Tom Fidler, 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 3 Alex Brown, 4 Tom Hicks, 5 Neale Patrick, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Sam Simmonds, 8 Rhys Oakley capt replacements 16 Sam Matavesi, 17 Luke Chapman, 18 Tom Heard, 19 Tom Jubb, 20 Pete Homan, 21 Cameron Setter, 22 Declan Cusack

Albion win physical battle against London Welsh

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Albion secured another home victory this weekend against old rivals London Welsh. Both Albion and Welsh are similarly matched sides, so the game was always going to be a physical one. Welsh started out all guns blazing with a sustained attack but the Albion defence which had done such a good job against league leaders Bath two weeks before, held up and denied any break away runners. For the first twenty minutes, the game was at stalemate with Welsh having most of the possession.

Albion’s discipline around the ruck area was patchy and they conceded two penalties in front of their own posts. Welsh opted to kick both but only converted one to lead 3-0, 20 minutes in. Albion finally took charge of the play, securing a line out and swinging the ball across field and back for No 8 Terri Cormack to beat the defence and score. Caitlin Short at 10 converted for Albion to go into the break 7-3 up.

In the second half, Albion started out with the best of the possession making some inroads into the Welsh defence and centre Anna Clooke, showed a turn of pace down the wing to score. Consistent effort from the Albion attack was again rewarded with a sniping try from scrum half Kayleigh Moore, again converted by Short. Welsh are never a team to give in and fought Albion until the end, scoring a consolation try from wide, created by some determined running from their 9. The final score was 19-8 to Albion.

Head Coach Martyn Ruskin felt that Albion could have controlled the game better: “We struggled today, the performance wasn’t the best and we failed to show what we are made of in the first half especially. We spent long periods being forced into playing Welsh’s way and it wasn’t until the second half that we went at the game with true intent. We know as a group what our shortcomings were today and we know what we have to do to improve for next week. I can never fault the players and their attitudes towards the game.”

Albion now have two consecutive games away to Wimbledon and Wasps before returning to Brickfields for their last home game before Christmas against Reading on December 7th.