There will be Army Senior Men and Women in action across the country this Saturday in the Premiership, Pro14 and Premier 15s.
After two appearances off the bench in the opening two rounds of the Premiership, LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni (Scots DG) makes his first start of the campaign for Bath away to Worcester.
It has been a tough opening for Bath, who have been on the wrong end of the result in their first two fixtures against Newcastle and Exeter. Worcester also had a challenging afternoon in Round 2 last time out, losing 13-30 away to Bristol, but they began their season by holding off London Irish at Sixways, so this clash is very much in the balance.
LCpl Rokoduguni is one of three changes to the starting 15, and you can see how he fares by watching BT Sport Extra from 3pm.
LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni in action v the Royal Navy at Twickenham in 2019. Image © Alligin Photography, Andrew Fosker
North of the border Cpl Lewis Bean (Rifles) keeps his place in the Glasgow Warriors engine room as they welcome the Dragons to Scotstoun. Glasgow came from behind to beat Cardiff Blues last Sunday evening – ironically at Rodney Parade, the Dragons’ home ground in Newport – so will be looking to make it a Welsh double back on home turf.
Glasgow are in touching distance of the top three in their Conference, and are hosting a Dragons outfit whose season has been disrupted by Covid-19 infections, which both prevented training and forced this match to be rescheduled from its original date in mid-November.
Glasgow v Dragons is being broadcast live on Premier Sports 1 at 7:15pm.
Cpl Lewis Bean on the attack v the Royal Air Force at Kingsholm in 2019. Image © Alligin Photography, Scrumpix
There are three Army women set for action in the Premier 15s.
In the game of the round Wasps Ladies host Loughborough Lightning at Twyford Avenue. Just one place and four league points separate Wasps in fourth from Loughborough in third, with the visitors having one more win but the hosts having the vastly better points difference.
SSgt Sarah Mitchelson (RLC) and Capt Gemma Rowland (Royal Artillery) both begin the afternoon among the replacements, and you can watch them live on Premier15s.com and the Wasps Ladies YouTube channel from 1:30pm.
Capt Gemma Rowland and SSgt Sarah Mitchelson in action for Wasps earlier in the season. Images © Neil Kennedy
Finally, Capt Alexandra Eddie (QARANC) is on the Harlequins bench for their home game against Bristol Bears at the Twickenham Stoop.
Table-topping Quins do not just come into the game on the back of six consecutive bonus point wins; they will also be aware that they can leave everything on the field in the knowledge that they will have an unscheduled break following the news that their top-two clash against Saracens – originally due for December 12th – has been postponed to the first weekend of 2021 following a case of Covid-19 and a number of close contact self-isolations in the Saracens camp.
Harlequins v Bristol is live on the Quins’ social media channels from 3pm.
Words © Chris Wearmouth
Capt Alex Hardy in Army colours v Sweden in 2019. Images © Alligin Photography, Scrumpix