Richmond face 2nd placed Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday 26th March with 7 changes to their starting XV. Kick-off is 3pm at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Richmond, who will play Yorkshire Carnegie away for the first time in their history, currently sit bottom of the Greene King IPA Championship. In contrast, Yorkshire are riding high in the league, having been 2nd only to London Irish all season.

Richmond, however, have aspirations too. Whilst they have avoided relegation due to the demise of London Welsh, they still wish to catch nearest rivals Rotherham Titans, plus they will be looking to put right the mistakes of last week when they lost to fellow Athletic Ground inhabitants, London Scottish.

Steve Hill, Richmond FC Director of Rugby, commented; “The squad are very frustrated with Saturday’s performance. Our execution and precision were not good enough in the first twenty minutes which gave our opponents a huge advantage. We need to learn and adapt quickly ahead of a tough away test at Yorkshire Carnegie.”

When Yorkshire Carnegie travelled to the Athletic Ground in November, it was the week after the new comer’s first league win and buoyed by putting points on the board, they competed admirably in a scintillating encounter that ended 31-39 with the home side securing a try bonus point despite having gone 22 points down.

A similarly cussed performance will be required if Richmond are to leave Headingley Carnegie Stadium having progressed their league ambitions. Taking on that feat is a much changed Richmond side with 7 changes, some personnel, some positional, in the starting fifteen.

Due to injury, otherwise ever present centre Cameron Mitchell is replaced by Jono Woodward who moves to his favoured position having spent much of the season on the wing. Jordan Simpson-Hefft also moves from wing to his preferred role as full-back.

Filling the now vacant wing positions are Ali Chisholm, who is promoted from the Vikings (2nd XV) and Henry Cheeseman who returned from injury last week and started on the bench. At scrum-half, Andy Uren, who made a try scoring debut as a replacement on Saturday, is the final change to the backline.

In the forwards, club stalwart Timmy Walford returns to the starting XV and experienced international lock Tyler Hotson comes into the second row. With Will Warden named amongst the replacements, Matt Corker captains the side this week.

RICHMOND TEAM

1 Timmy Walford
2 Ross Grimstone
3 Rupert Harden
4 Tyler Hotson
5 Matt Corker
6 Adam Peters
7 Jack Allcock
8 Chris Davies

9 Andy Uren
10 Rory Damant
11 Ali Chisholm
12 Ronnie McLean
13 Jono Woodward
14 Henry Cheeseman
15 Jordan Simpson-Hefft

REPLACEMENTS
16 Richard Townsend
17 Joe Tarrant
18 Will Warden
19 Sam Stuart
20 Toby Quarendon
21 Tom Sargeant
22 Will Goodrick-Clarke