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Gnr Senitiki Nayalo (7 Para RHA) returns to action this weekend in the Coventry back row for their Championship clash with London Scottish.

Gnr Nayalo had his return to action halted last weekend thanks to Coventry’s bye, but the flanker and his team mates are back at Butts Park Arena looking to gain some revenge over a London Scottish outfit whose sole win of the campaign so far came against the blue and whites at the Athletic Ground back in November.

Coventry’s form has not been that much better, their last three games also ending in reverses against Ealing, Cornish Pirates and Nottingham, but before then Cov had won their previous three games at home.

Coventry host the Army Senior Men at Butts Park Arena on Saturday, March 5th [Ticket link here?] so this will be a good indicator of the challenge the red shirts will have. Saturday’s game kicks off at 1500hrs.

In the Premier 15s SSgt Jade Mullen (AGC (SPS)) has been promoted from the bench to start Harlequins’ trip to DMP Durham Sharks at full back.

Bdr Bethan Dainton (RA) has a positional switch to number eight, and Harlequins will be wanting to use the momentum of their bonus point win over Sale last time out to get another maximum haul in the north east.

The form guides could not be more different, with Harlequins having won three of their last four matches to move into third place in the table, while DMP have yet to win a game this season, shipping 50 points or more in three of their last four matches.

Saturday’s game between the teams kicks off at 1400hrs.

For Capt Gemma Rowland (RA) and her Wasps team mates, they know that nothing short of a full set of points will do from Saturday’s trip to Sale (KO 1400hrs) if they are to maintain any hope of finishing in the top four for another season.

Wasps have experienced all emotions over the last three matches, the ecstasy of a late draw against high flying Exeter followed in turn by a comfortable win away to DMP and then an agonising two-point defeat at home to Bristol in poor conditions at Twyford Avenue.

They will be hopeful of getting a good result at Chester RUFC, as Sale’s only win to date this season has been against bottom-of-the-table DMP back in October. Indeed, Sale have only got into double figures twice in their nine matches played since then, so if Wasps – who have the fifth best defence in the league – can maintain that form then a win would not be out of the question.

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