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Plymouth Albion make three changes for the visit to the Pirates

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For their visit to local rivals the Cornish Pirates (Sunday kick off 3pm), Plymouth Albion have made three changes, one of them positional, to the side that was beaten by Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend.

Dual registered Jack Arnott moves from wing to full back with Lawrence Rayner dropping to the bench.

Mark Kohler, who scored a try after coming on as a replacement against Carnegie, takes Arnott’s place on the wing.

Up front Tom Cowan-Dickie starts at hooker replacing Ted Stagg who is named as a replacement.

Albion head coach James Shanahan looking ahead to the match said, “The Pirates game is huge ever year because it is a local derby. They had a good win at Bedford last weekend so will be full of confidence.

“We know where we are in the league but I and the players know we can go to the Mennaye and get a result.

One Albion player particularly looking forward to the cross Tamar clash is lock Neale Patrick who moved to Brickfields from the Pirates last summer.

Pirates will be looking to complete the league double over Albion having won 27-19 at Brickfields two days after Christmas.

Plymouth Albion: J Arnott, M Kohler, B Woods, T Howley-Berridge, J Henry, D Cusack capt, J Davies, T Fidler, T Cowan-Dickie, A Tiedemann, B Beukeboom, N Patrick, T Jubb, E Grace, R Oakley replacements T Stagg, D Pullinger, L Chapman, A Bone, L Rayner, C Setter, B Foley

Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)

Plymouth Albion v Yorkshire Carnegie match report

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Plymouth Albion 17 Yorkshire Carnegie 28

Saturday 21st March 2015

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

This season Plymouth Albion have dug themselves a big hole that looks increasingly difficult to get out of.

Albion’s defeat at the hands of an impressive Yorkshire Carnegie outfit leaves them five points detached at the bottom of the Championship table with just four games to play.

In all reality the gap between Albion and Moseley is six points because the Midlanders have won one more game and they also have a better points difference.

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Having been outplayed by Carnegie it looked like Albion were going to get a losing bonus point when skipper Declan Cusack converted an injury time try scored by replacement Mark Kohler.

From the restart Albion, instead of kicking the ball downfield, tried to play catch up rugby and got punished when the visitors turned them over and scored their bonus point try.

We wont know until the end of the season but that decision could mean the difference between survival and relegation.

Albion head coach James Shanahan reflecting on the game said, “Yorkshire played really well in the first half and kept the ball brilliantly.

We defended really well but the yellow card at the end of the first half cost us a couple of scores.

“With regards to our position nothing much has changed. If we can get a win at Pirates we are back in the mix and we still have to go to Moseley so there is still a lot to play for.”

Albion made three changes to the side that put up a good showing against league leaders Worcester Warriors two weeks ago.

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Canadian international Brett Beukeboom, who recently played his 50th game for Albion, returned to the second row.

Youngster Tom Jubb who played well after coming on as a replacement against Worcester replaced the unavailable Sam Simmonds, while assistant coach Rhys Oakley returned to face his former club at No 8.

Carnegie included former Albion prop James Tideswell in their starting line up.

Despite having the strong breeze behind them in the first half Albion were pinned back in their own half for long periods with Carnegie dominating possession.

Albion gave away five penalties in the first 12 minutes and Carnegie fly half Harry Leonard, after missing an earlier penalty, put the visitors 6-0 ahead with two kicks from the 22.

The Albion pack were under huge pressure and were struggling to produce worthwhile ball but on a rare visit to the Carnegie half they opened their account when Cusack kicked a penalty.

Cusack was then wide with a 45 metre penalty before Albion were hit when Carnegie scored two tries in the last two minutes of the first half.

Both tries were catch and drive efforts scored by flanker Chris Walker, the second coming after Albion went down to 14 when  Oakley was yellow carded.

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Leonard converted the first try, which sent Carnegie into the interval leading 18-3.

Albion played better after the break and thought they had reduced the deficit when replacement Tom Cowan-Dickie went over under the posts but referee Gamage gave a 5 metre scrum.

On the hour mark poor Albion defending allowed Leonard to cross for a try he was unable to convert.

This score sparked Albion into life and after a good forward drive they were awarded a penalty try which Cusack converted.

Carnegie were then reduced to 14 when hooker Phil Nilsen was sin binned and while he was off the field Albion added a second try.

Kohler did well to dot the ball down in the corner and when Cusack slotted the conversion from the touchline it looked like Albion were going to get something from the game.

Carnegie, who were playing their first game under new head coach Bryan Redpath, snatched the losing bonus point away from Albion when replacement Jon Clarke was put into the corner on the overlap.

Albion now need to regroup and hope to get something at the Mennaye Field when they play the Pirates a week today.

Plymouth Albion: L Rayner (M Kohler 68), J Arnott, B Woods, T Howley-Berridge (M Koteczky 40), J Henry, D Cusack capt, J Davies (C Setter 64), T Fidler (L Chapman 64), T Stagg (T Cowan-Dickie 52), A Tiedemann (D Pullinger 64), B Beukeboom, N Patrick (A Bone 80), T Jubb, E Grace, R Oakley

Tries: Penalty try, Kohler

Cons: Cusack 2

Pen: Cusack

Yellow card: Oakley

Yorkshire Carnegie: C Georgiou, O Goss, P Lucock (J Clarke 65), J Fitzpatrick, D Doherty (J Graham 69), H Leonard, C Pilgrim (S Egerton 65), C Beech (L Imiolek 64), P Nilsen, J Tideswell (B Hooper 75), M Smith, C Jones (B Harris 39), J Williams, C Walker (J Bainbridge 80), R Burrows capt

Tries: Walker 2, Leonard, Clarke

Con: Leonard

Pens: Leonard 2

Attendance: 1,772

New Albion Shop now open

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Come and visit our new shop at Plymouth Albion which is open now and for the rest of the season.

We have a new range of polo shirts, fleeces and replica shirts. These will be available in the new shop which is situated inside the gate at Damerel Close. The shop will be open throughout matches including at half time.

New stock also available on the online shop.

Please note, the exisiting shop by the club house will be closed.

Drive yourself into pole position at the British Grand Prix

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2015, Test in Jerez

Plymouth Albion have teamed up with Mercedes-Benz South West who are offering you the chance to win a VIP trip to the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday 5th July 2015. Entry to the exclusive prize draw is simple… take a test drive in a Mercedes-Benz before 19th June to enter the prize draw.

You will be entered into a prize draw for the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of front row action at the British Grand Prix. Mercedes-Benz South West’s VIP package will see the lucky winner chauffeur driven to the unique hospitality terrace on the inner sanctum of the Silverstone circuit.

Situated on the inside of Stowe Corner, there’s exclusive and exceptional views down the fastest part of the circuit, Hanger Straight. The race cars swoop by at full throttle with guests being able to cheer on the Mercedes AMG Petronas team from the comfort of the Mercedes-Benz hospitality lounge and rooftop terrace.

For your chance to win this money-can’t-buy experience, simply visit or book a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Plymouth Tavistock Road, Derriford, PL6 8BB, 01752 720 199 before 19th June.

*Entrants must be 18 years or over and hold a full UK driving licence. The winner will receive communication by 26th June. Entries not valid from employees or family members of City West Country.

Plymouth Albion make three changes for the visit of Yorkshire Carnegie

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 For their crucial match against Yorkshire Carnegie (Saturday kick off 3pm), Plymouth Albion have made three changes to the side that put up a good showing against league leaders Worcester Warriors two weeks ago.

All the changes to the starting line are up front.

Canadian international Brett Beukeboom returns to the engine room replacing Tom Hicks.

In the back row Tom Jubb, who played well after coming off the bench at Worcester, replaces the injured Sam Simmonds.

Dual registered Simmonds picked up his injury playing for Exeter Chiefs in the semi final LV= Cup win at Leicester Tigers.

Welsh international Rhys Oakley returns at No 8 to face his former side.

With relegation rivals Moseley playing on Sunday Albion, for the first time in five months, could get themselves off the foot of the Championship table.

Albion will be looking to go one better than their previous match against Yorkshire Carnegie which ended 19-19, after the home side levelled the scores with a last gasp Christian Georgiou try.

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

Albion Ladies draw their last game of the season


Albion Ladies travelled away to London Welsh for their last game of this Season on Sunday 1st March.  As always this game was a close contest, the Albion side managed a 17-17 draw.

The game started brightly with the Albion forwards making their mark on the game and securing possession. London Welsh, who were slow out of the starting blocks, came back fighting however and were the first to score with their scrum forcing Albion’s pack over the tryline for a converted try.

Albion didn’t take long to respond however after Welsh gave away a penalty on their line and a tap penalty saw prop Donna Downes drive over the line to score.  Immediately on the restart, the ball was caught by the forward of the match, Blindside Flanker Jo Holden, offloading to Alison Cooper at 8 who was able to run through the defensive line and beat the Welsh fullback to score. Caitlin Short at 12 converted to leave the score 12-5 at half time.

London Welsh fought back in the second half with increased and sustained pressure on the Albion defence – which performed well despite all that was thrown at it. A well worked move off of a scrum saw the Welsh outside centre go over for a try. Albion retaliated with a try of their own from winger Bronwyn Jacobs, after a strong scrum in the centre of the park and some fantastic handling by Fly Half Kezia Lee.  Albion Ladies were ahead by 17 points to 12 for much of the 2nd half. Fighting until the end, London Welsh managed to score in the corner with the last play of the game, but failed to nail the conversion which would have got them the win.

The draw does not affect Albion’s place in the table, finishing the league in a respectable third behind Wasps II and Bath.

Captain Alison Cooper comments “It’s been a great season for us where we’ve focused on growing and developing the squad. As a result, we are more than happy with our finishing 3rd  place, especially considering the teams above us – Wasps and Bath have a great reputation and set ups.”

Head Coach Martyn Ruskin comments “It’s been a progressive season where we have bought in new players and have developed some new ideas on the pitch. Next season we want to push on and continue building on what we started this year. The players have worked hard this year and I thank them for that and hope we can continue to push forward next season”.

 If you are interested in joining Plymouth Albion Ladies we welcome both new and experienced players. Women’s rugby is a rapidly growing fast paced, physical and skillful sport, with the national team currently World Champions and the 7’s form of the game being included in the Rio Olympics next summer for the first time there has never been a more exciting time to join the game. It is a great way to keep fit, be part of a team and learn lots of new skills. If you have any questions or would like to come and join us please contact Club Captain Caitlin Short- or visit the ladies section of the Plymouth Albion Website.

We currently have a voluntary Team Manager post advertised. Please visit the Plymouth Albion Website for more details.

Plymouth Albion Ladies Team Manager required


Plymouth Albion Ladies are seeking to appoint a voluntary Team Manager who will organise team logistics and carry out behind the scenes administration tasks.

Tasks may include:

  • Check the availability and fitness of all players within the build up to match days and provide details to head coach.
  • Register new players on the RFU management system.
  • Sit on the Plymouth Albion Ladies committee and assist with development plan when needed.
  • Take the lead on recruitment of new players through a number of mediums. Including social media and our Website.
  • Develop a club calendar with all games, friendlies, overnight stays, tours, training sessions with guest coaches; liaise with our specialist S&C Coaches and all social events included.
  • A number of other tasks surrounding the logistics of match days such as opening and closing of changing rooms and the organisation of overnight stays.

Applicants should have previous experience within Rugby Union and need to be self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic.

This is a fantastic development opportunity to get involved in Women’s sport within the City of Plymouth.

To view the advert click here. Please contact Club Captain Caitlin Short for more information.