After a thrilling bonus-point victory over Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane last weekend, Steve Hill has made just two changes to his starting XV who host Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday in Round Six of the Greene King IPA Championship. Kick off 3pm.

Having beaten Jersey Reds a fortnight ago, Hill’s men backed up their first home win with a 39-22 win on the road; a win that included two tries from man of the match scrum-half Luc Jones.

Richmond climbed two places last week, and could climb even higher this weekend, but they will first face last year’s runners up Yorkshire Carnegie who edged Cornish Pirates 28-26 at Headingley Carnegie last time out.

Hill’s only backline change comes on the wing, Jordan Simpson-Hefft, who is level with Jones on three tries this season, comes in for Martin Freeman with Jono Woodward taking the other wing berth.

Rob Kirby, who scored 19 points last weekend, retains his place at full-back behind the ever present midfield of Ronnie McLean and Cameron Mitchell.

Freddie Gabbitass continues to pull the strings at fly-half for the ninth-placed side in the Greene King IPA Championship, joining Jones in the half-backs.

In the pack, Ross Grimstone replaces Jason Phipps at hooker as the only change to a settled set of forwards. Props Jeremy Cunnew and Craig Trenier continue in the front row.

Skipper Will Warden and Chris Davies, who crossed the whitewash in the victory over the Titans, continue in the engine room with Jesse Liston, Jack Allcock and Jake Parker making up the back-row.

Among the replacements, scrum-half Rhodri Adamson, who has won Jamaica 7s honours, comes in for his maiden 1st XV appearance. Ben Rath is promoted to the bench from the 2nd XV as the final back.

Will Goodrick-Clarke, Alex Humfrey and Joe Tarrant provide forward cover as well as Toby Saysell, who dotted down at Clifton Lane in just his second league appearance of the season.

Director of Rugby, Hill, is well aware of the threat of the last season’s beaten finalists, but maintains the squad is improving week on week.
“The Richmond players will have gained a significant amount of confidence from the last two performances and results,” said Hill.

“They are aware of the physical challenge that Yorkshire Carnegie will present, but the whole Richmond squad is determined to keep improving and put the visitors under huge pressure this Saturday.”

RICHMOND TEAM

15 Rob Kirby
14 Jordan Simpson-Hefft
13 Cameron Mitchell
12 Ronnie McLean
11 Jono Woodward
10 Freddie Gabbitass
9 Luc Jones

1 Jeremy Cunnew
2 Ross Grimstone
3 Craig Trenier
4 Will Warden
5 Chris Davies
6 Jesse Liston
7 Jack Allcock
8 Jake Parker

Replacements
16 Jason Phipps
17 Will Goodrick-Clarke
18 Alex Humfrey
19 Rhodri Adamson
20 Ben Rath
21 Toby Saysell
22 Joe Tarrant