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ARMY back rows Sgt Matt Dawson (Int Corps) and Gnr Senitiki Nayalo (7 PARA RHA) will face off when Cambridge visit Coventry in tonight’s Championship clash (8pm).

Both start at No. 8 for their respective sides, Nayalo having helped the hosts to four consecutive wins – including a memorable 34-32 success against leaders Ealing Trailfinders in their last game at the Butts Park Arena – and a second-placed standing.

Cambridge, meanwhile, have found life tougher in their maiden campaign at Level Two, sitting second-bottom and aiming to snap a five-match losing run.

Elsewhere, LCpl Pita Ratukadreu (REME) starts at outside centre as they target a third straight National One victory at home to second-placed Rams (3pm).

Following a post-Christmas wobble which saw the Devonians fall out of title contention, they have recorded impressive wins against Richmond (18-10) and at Birmingham Moseley (20-3), leaving a top-four finish within reach.

Words © Richard Ashton

Header and feature image – Alligin Photography © Cat Goryn