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Gnr Senitiki Nayalo (7 PARA RHA) is back in the Coventry side as they host Cornish Pirates in The Championship this afternoon (3pm).

The No. 8 missed last Saturday’s dramatic 40-38 victory at London Scottish, a result which lifted the Midlanders to the top of the second-tier table, but returns for what promises to be another tough encounter when third-placed Pirates arrive at the Butts Park Arena.

Elsewhere, LCpl Pita Ratukadreu (REME) starts on the wing for Plymouth Albion as they look to keep pace at the top of National One with a home game against Darlington Mowden Park.

The third-placed Devonians had their game at Leicester Lions frozen off last week, but will be hoping to complete a seasonal double in a fixture involving the longest travel distance in the competition.

Plymouth are currently 10 points adrift of leaders Rams with a game in hand, and nine back from Chinnor who have also played 15 of their 26 matches.

None of the clubs featuring Army Women players are involved in the Premiership 15s this weekend.

Words © Richard Ashton

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