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Bodilly set for Cornish Pirates bow in home clash with Jersey

By Nath_Richards  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

Max Bodilly in action for Redruth earlier this season.

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The Cornish Pirates hand a Greene King Championship debut to Max Bodilly as he starts at full-back for Sunday`s meeting with Jersey at the Mennaye Field (3pm).

The 19 year-old from Newlyn is on a two year loan at the Pirates from the Exeter Chiefs Academy and spent time on loan at Redruth earlier in the season.

Also making his full league debut for the club is lock Will Carrick-Smith who joined recently on a dual-registration deal with the Chiefs and came off the bench late in last weekend`s defeat at Moseley.

The side will be led again by Chris Morgan as he moves onto 151 appearances for the Pirates and Director of Rugby Ian Davies has been forced to make several changes following a spate of recent injuries in the camp.

Kieran Goss returns on the wing in place of the injured Matt Evans and Kieran Hallett takes over at fly-half where he will partner Tom Kessell, in for hamstring victim Mike Pope.

Alan Paver's recurring injury woes force him to drop out with Ben Prescott taking over at tight-head and Aaron Carpenter is in at hooker for Rob Elloway.

Will Graulich sees his place taken in the second row by Carrick-Smith but there is good news for the Pirates with Darren Barry and Laurie McGlone both passing fitness tests.

On the bench there are recalls for Tom Channon, Jack Andrew and Neale Patrick.

Meanwhile, Jersey's Aaron Penberthy will be joined by a sizeable contingent of former Pirates returning to face their old club. The former Redruth fly half is finally set to make his comeback from injury and is given the nod over Niall O'Connor.

Jersey, 11th in the Championship, will be seeking to extend the points buffer between themselves and bottom place Ealing and make it a league double over the men from Cornwall in the fourth and final encounter of the season between the two clubs.

The game will no doubt be given an extra dimension of intrigue as Harvey Biljon returns as an adversary to The Mennaye.

Nick Selway is handed his first league start of the season in place of injured Dave Young, with Sam Lockwood partnering him in the front row in favour of Sean McCarthy.

The rest of the visitors' starting line-up remains unchanged from the postponed Plymouth Albion game a fortnight ago.

Cornish Pirates: Bodilly, Goss, Riley, Fatialofa, Moyle, Hallett, Kessell; Cahill, Carpenter, Prescott, Carrick-Smith, Barry, Morgan (capt), Cheesman, McGlone

Replacements – Davies, Channon, Andrew, Patrick, Atkinson, Hendrickson, Holland.

Jersey: Jack Burroughs, Grant Pointer, Drew Locke, Mark McCrea, Mark Foster, Aaron Penberthy, Jimmy Williams; Sam Lockwood, Elvis Taione, Nick Selway, Nick Campbell, James Voss, Alex Rae (capt), Joe Buckle, Latu Makaafi. Replacements: Sean McCarthy, Dave Felton, Jon Brennan, Dave Markham, Nicky Griffiths, Niall O'Connor, David Bishop.

Referee: G Macdonald (RFU).

Assistants: Phil Watters & Jonathan Healy

Reserve Official: Darren Curry

Match Day Sponsor: The Zero Lounge

Match Ball Sponsor: Towergate Insurance

What's On – There's half-time 'Tag' Rugby involving children from Roseland schools, and post match entertainment in the marquee will include the Cadgwith Singers, when guests Bill Beaumont and his wife Hilary will hopefully be able to join in the singing. In consideration of recent severe weather having made life especially difficult for those in the fishing community, there will also be a collection at half-time and on the exit gates for The Fishermen's Mission.

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