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Plymouth Albion confirm eleven departures from Brickfields

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Plymouth Albion have today announced the names of a number of players who will be leaving the club.

Backs Lawrence Rayner and Ben Woods, along with forwards Rob Langley have been signed by Nottingham, where they will link up with former Albion players Dan Mugford and Jon Vickers who recently signed new contracts with the Green & Whites.

Other forwards confirmed as leaving Brickfields are former Bristol skipper Iain Grieve and prop Tom Fidler.

Backs Toby Howley-Berridge, Lewis Warner, Mark Kohler and Josh Davies will also be moving onto pastures new.

Last January Plymouth Albion’s longest serving player Ruairi Cushion announced that he would be leaving after six seasons at the club.

This season Cushion has taken on the additional role of player/coach at Brickfields.

Commenting on the departures Albion’s Director of Rugby Graham Dawe said, “On behalf of Plymouth Albion RFC I would like to thank all the players who are leaving the club for their commitment and efforts.

“I would particularly like to thank Ruairi Cushion, who over the last six seasons has made a significant contribution to Plymouth Albion.

“It is always disappointing when players move on but I wish them all  well for the future.”

Plymouth Albion will be soon be announcing which members of the current squad have been offered contracts and will therefore be playing for the club in National 1 next season.

Plymouth Albion v Doncaster Knights match report

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Plymouth Albion 16 Doncaster Knights 19

Saturday 25th April 2015

Match report by Paddy Marsh

 Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

After being relegated at Moseley the previous week, Plymouth Albion were hoping to finish off the season with a win in front of their home fans.

A healthy crowd of 1,486 were fully behind Albion who, after playing well in the first 40 minutes, went into the interval leading 11-5.

The warning signs were there for Albion who started the second half without the yellow carded flanker Ali Bone and seconds after the restart they were reduced to 13 when fellow flanker Eoghan Grace was despatched to the cooler.

While Albion were down to 13, Doncaster scored two converted tries which effectively won them the match.

Doncaster’s victory saw them complete the league double over Albion who finished their Championship campaign with just three victories.

This week it will be confirmed that a number of Albion players will be leaving the club and director of rugby Graham Dawe has the big task over the summer of putting together a squad to face the challenges of National 1 rugby next season.

How big and how strong that squad will be will depend on the playing budget the new Albion board can come up with.

Albion made five changes from the side beaten by Moseley last weekend.

Toby Howley-Berridge, returned to the centre while Mark Kohler reclaimed his place on the left wing.

Up front Dan Pullinger made his first start of the season at tight head prop with Andy Tiedemann dropping to the bench.

Tom Hicks returned to the second row while Ali Bone came into the back row replacing assistant coach Rhys Oakley who broke his leg at Moseley.

Doncaster included four ex Albion players in their starting line up.

Albion made a bright start and took the lead in the 9th minute.

After a series of forward drives, Albion skipper Declan Cusack broke a tackle and crossed in the corner for a try he was unable to convert.

Doncaster quickly got themselves level when after putting a penalty into the corner flanker Latu Makaafi got the touchdown.

The Championships top points scorer Doug Flockhart was unable to add the extras.

Albion getting the better of things territorially got themselves level when Cusack put over a penalty from in front of the posts after the Knights were penalised for not rolling away.

When the visitors were pulled up for wheeling a scrum near their posts Cusack stretched Albion’s lead to six points with another relatively easy penalty.

In first half stoppage time Albion were reduced to 14 when Bone was yellow carded for a professional foul but his side went into the interval leading 11-5.

Things got worse for Albion at the start of the second half when they went down to 13 after flanker Eoghan Grace was sent to the sin bin for killing the ball.

Doncaster took full advantage of the extra men and effectively won the game in the next ten minutes when they score 14 unanswered points.

Visiting centre Mat Clark went through a gap in the Albion defence for a try that Flockhart converted.

Former Albion man centre Bevon Armitage got Doncaster’s third try stretching out for the line after a powerful run with Flockhart again adding the extras.

Once restored to 15 Albion struggled to get good field position but the did reduce the deficit to three points late in the game when  Howley-Berridge crossed wide out for a try Cusack was unable to convert.

It turned out to be too little too late as Doncaster held Albion’s late surge for a victory that saw then finish the season in ninth place.

Plymouth Albion: L Rayner (P Homan 47), J Arnott, T Howley-Berridge, M Koteczky,  M Kohler (L Warner 66), D Cusack capt, C Setter (J Davies 72), T Harrison (T Fidler 60), J Penman, D Pullinger (T Heard 72), T Hicks, B Beukeboom, A Bone, E Grace, I Grieve replacements not T Jubb, E Stagg

Tries: Cusack, Howley-Berridge

Pens: Cusack 2

Yellow card: Bone, Grace

Doncaster Knights: P Jarvis, D Flockhart, M Clark (U Fosita 76), B Armitage, T Lewis, P Roberts, B Field (B Bravo 76), R List (J Bergmanas 76), B Hunter (Veikoso 63), C Quigley (W John 63), M Challinor, T Hotson, L Makaafi (P Eggleshaw 54), M Hills capt (W Foden 29)

Tries: Makaafi, Clark, Armitage

Cons: Flockhart 2

Yellow card: Stedman

Attendance: 1,486

Referee: Matthew O’Grady (RFU)

Plymouth Albion looking to finish the season with a victory

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After a disappointing season in which they were relegated from the Championship, Plymouth Albion will be looking to sign off with a victory when they entertain Doncaster Knights (Saturday kick off 3pm).

Albion have made five changes from the side beaten by Moseley last weekend.

Toby Howley-Berridge, who came on as a replacement at Billesley Common, returns to the centre while Mark Kohler reclaims his place on the left wing.

Up front Dan Pullinger will make his first start of the season at tight head prop with Andy Tiedemann dropping to the bench.

Tom Hicks returns to the second row where he will partner Canadian international Brett Beukeboom.

The final change sees Ali Bone coming into the back row replacing assistant coach Rhys Oakley who broke his leg at Moseley.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Lawrence Rayner, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 12 Marc Koteczky, 11 Mark Kohler, 10 Declan Cusack capt, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Tom Harrison, 2 James Penman, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Tom Hicks, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Ali Bone, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Iain Grieve replacements 16 Ted Stagg, 17 Andy Tiedemann, 18 Tom Fidler, 19 Tom Jubb, 20 Lewis Warner, 21 Josh Davies, 22 Pete Homan

Moseley v Plymouth Albion match report

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Moseley 29 Plymouth Albion 0

Saturday 18th April 2015

Match report by Paddy Marsh

 Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

Plymouth Albion’s 13 year stay in the second tier of English rugby came to an end when they were relegated to National 1 after being well beaten by Moseley in perfect playing conditions at Billesley Common.

Albion can have no complaints as Moseley were much the better side, particularly in the second half.

Albion only created one try scoring opportunity in the match and they will be disappointed to not to score a single point against the team one place above them in the league

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Against Moseley Albion, after playing into a strong wind blowing down the pitch, were in the game at half time as they went in only 11-0 down.

Despite having the elements in their favour after the interval Albion struggled to get good field position and never at any stage did they look like pulling off the win that would have kept their season alive.

To compound Albion’s misery they had assistant coach Rhys Oakley stretchered off at half time with a suspected broken leg and they finished the game with 14 after No 8 Iain Grieve went off after suffering another concussion.

Albion director of rugby Graham Dawe reflecting on the result said, “Its hugely disappointing. I thought we put a good effort in, There were some good parts to the game.

“We made too many unforced errors in the first half and never really got a foothold on the game.

“We need to put some pride in the shirt next week against Doncaster.”

Albion made six changes, one of them positional, from the side beaten by Bristol Rugby.

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Outside the scrum Lawrence Rayner was selected at full back while dual registered Jack Arnott switched to his more familiar position on the wing.

In the front row prop Tom Harrison and hooker James Penman both made their first starts of the season.

Canadian international Brett Beukeboom returned to the second row with Tom Hicks dropping to the bench.

The final change was at No 8 where the experienced Grieve came in for Ali Bone, who is named as a replacement.

Albion made a mistake from the kick off, putting the ball directly in touch and after being penalised a scrum on half way they found themselves defending an early catch and drive.

Moseley lock Greg Charlton finished off the set move and Albion already faced an uphill battle.

Moseley fly half Will Hooley, who is Exeter Chiefs bound next season, then stretched the home lead to 11 points with two well struck penalties.

Hooley missed a long range penalty before Oakley got injured in the final move of the first half.

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Early in the second half a superb covering tackle by Arnott on home No 8 Chris Brightwell saved a certain try but Albion went down to 14 when replacement Toby Howley-Berridge was yellow carded for a professional foul.

Hooley put over the resultant penalty, which meant Albion needed to score three times.

Albion looked like they were going to open their account in the 69th minute when Arnott put replacement Josh Davies clear but the scrum half lost his footing close to the line.

Albion recycled the ball but a loose pass was intercepted by speedy Moseley full back Tom Collins, who sprinted in from 80 metres.

Hooley slotted another penalty before Moseley put salt into Albion’s wounds when replacement Ed Siggery scored his sides third try and Sam Olver slotted the conversion from the touchline.

Moseley: T Collins, M Penn, W Owen, A Carter (S Olver 78), D Cheshire, W Hooley, S Brown (D Brazier 75), N Williams (A Gardiner 78), A Caves (S Tolmie 78), C Voisey, M Powell, G Charlton (N Dacres 62), N Mason (E Siggery 65), B Nutley, C Brightwell (capt) (B Lawrence 70).

Tries: Charlton, Collins, Siggery.

Cons: Olver.

Pens: Hooley (4).

Plymouth Albion: L Rayner, J Arnott (E Stagg 70), B Woods, M Koteczky, J Henry (T Howley-Berridge 43), D Cusack (capt), C Setter (J Davies 62), T Harrison (T Fidler 75), J Penman, A Tiedemann (D Pullinger 63), N Patrick (A Bone 62), B Beukeboom, R Oakley (T Hicks ht), E Grace, I Grieve.

Yellow card: Howley-Berridge.

Attendance: 1,842.

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (RFU).

Plymouth Albion make six changes for their crucial visit to Moseley.

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For their crucial visit to Moseley (Saturday 3pm kick off), Plymouth Albion have made six changes, one of them positional, from the side beaten by Bristol Rugby.

Having propped up the Championship table for most of the season Albion know a win at Billesley Common is the only option if they are going to maintain their 13 year stay in the second tier of English rugby.

In the backs Lawrence Rayner is selected at full back with dual registered Jack Arnott switching to his more familiar position on the wing.

In the front row prop Tom Harrison and hooker James Penham both make their first starts of the season.

Canadian international Brett Beukeboom returns to the second row with Tom Hicks dropping to the bench.

The final change is at No 8 where the experienced Iain Grieve comes in for Ali Bone, who is named as a replacement.

Albion will be looking to do the league double over Moseley having won 19-18 at Brickfields.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Lawrence Rayner, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Marc Koteczky, 11 Jake Henry, 10 Declan Cusack capt, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Tom Harrison, 2 James Penham, 3 Andy Tiedemann, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Rhys Oakley, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Iain Grieve replacements 16 Edward Stagg, 17 Dan Pullinger, 18 Tom Fidler, 19 Tom Hicks, 20 Ali Bone, 21 Josh Davies, 22 Toby Howley-Berridge

Plymouth Albion v Bristol Rugby match report

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Plymouth Albion 7   Bristol Rugby 65

Saturday 11th April 2015

Match report by Paddy Marsh

 Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

The only piece of good news for Plymouth Albion on the afternoon that they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season came from Bedford 250 miles away.

Albion’s defeat against top of the table Bristol Rugby meant that if Moseley had won at Bedford Blues, Plymouth would have been relegated after 13 seasons in the second tier of English rugby.

Despite trailing at half time, Bedford rallied after the break and their 31-21 victory crucially denied Moseley the losing bonus point.

Next weekend Albion travel to Moseley for their penultimate game of the season, a match they simply must win.

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If Albion are to get a result at Moseley they are going to have to defend must better that they did against Bristol who ran in 10 tries.

Leading the way for Bristol was flanker Olly Robinson, the son of head coach Andy, who notched four tries.

Albion made eight changes, two of them positional, from the side beaten by the Cornish Pirates two weeks ago.

In the backs dual registered Jack Arnott moved to full back with Jake Henry taking his place on the wing.

Australian Marc Koteczky, who has missed out in recent weeks due to EQP rules, came into the centre.

Cameron Setter started at scrum half with Josh Davies dropping to the bench.

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Tom Hicks was selected at second row while in the back row Welsh international Rhys Oakley moves across from No 8 to flanker.

Ali Bone made only his third start of the season at No 8.

On the bench former Bristol skipper Iain Grieve made a welcome return having been out for a number of weeks with a head injury.

Bristol, who are intent of finishing the regular season top of the pile, opened the scoring with a penalty from fly half Matthew Morgan who finished with a personal tally of 20 points.

After Robinson crossed for his first try, Morgan got one of his own and the visitors were already 22-0 ahead.

A second Robinson try along with a penalty try, which Morgan converted, sent Bristol into half time leading 36-0.

Former Welsh international Dwayne Peel got try number six before Robinson completed his hat trick.

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Albion playing slightly better in the second half got what turned out to be their only try after the afternoon when flanker Eoghan Grace touched down and skipper Declan Cusack converted.

Grace’s try was only his fourth of the season but took him to the top of Albion’s try scoring list.

Bristol finished strongly and added further tries from flanker Ralph Koster, Robinson and wing Charlie Amesbury with Morgan adding one more conversion.

Plymouth Albion: J Arnott (L Rayner 77), M Kohler, B Woods, M Koteczky, J Henry, D Cusack capt, C Setter (J Davies 45), T Fidler,(T Harrison 40) T Stagg (J Penman 52), A Tiedemann (D Pullinger 67), N Patrick, T Hicks (T Jubb 64), R Oakley, E Grace, A Bone (I Grieve 45)

Try: Grace

Con: Cusack

Bristol Rugby: J Wallace (A Jarvis 69), C Amesbury, G Maule, B Mosses, D Lemi (J Tovey 58), M Morgan, D Peel capt (T Kessell 67), J O’Connell (E Genge 49), R McMillan (J Stephenson 52), G Cortes (A Perenise 61), B Glynn, I Evans (G Townson 8), R Koster, O Robinson, R Jones

Tries: McMillan, Robinson 4, Morgan, Penalty try, Peel, Koster, Amesbury

Cons: Morgan 6

Pen: Morgan

Attendance: 1,985

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keyes (RFU)

Plymouth Albion make a number of changes for the visit of Bristol

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For the visit of Bristol Rugby (Saturday kick off 3pm), Plymouth Albion have made eight changes, two of them positional, from the side beaten by the Cornish Pirates two weeks ago.

In the backs dual registered Jack Arnott moves to full back with Jake Henry taking his place on the wing.

Australian Marc Koteczky, who has missed out in recent weeks due to EQP rules, comes into the centre.

Cameron Setter starts at scrum half with Josh Davies dropping to the bench.

Tom Hicks is selected at second row while in the back row Welsh international Rhys Oakley moves across from No 8 to flanker replacing Tom Jubb who is named as a replacement.

Ali Bone makes only his third start of the season at No 8.

On the bench former Bristol skipper Iain Grieve makes a welcome return having been out for a number of weeks with a head injury.

Albion director of rugby Graham Dawe said, “The players have trained really well the last couple of weeks.

“They are really focused on this match and are determined to try and impose themselves on a good Bristol side.”

Talking about Albion’s position at the foot of the Championship table Dawe added, “We can’t worry about other results. We just have to concentrate on what we can do.”

Plymouth Albion: 15 Jack Arnott, 14 Mark Kohler, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Marc Koteczky, 11 Jake Henry, 10 Declan Cusack capt, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Tom Fidler, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Andy Tiedemann, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Tom Hicks, 6 Rhys Oakley, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Ali Bone replacements 16 James Penman, 17 Dan Pullinger, 18 Tom Harrison, 19 Tom Jubb, 20 Iain Grieve, 21 Josh Davies, 22 Lawrence Rayner