CARLISLE MAKE CHANGES

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Still looking for their first league success of the season, Carlisle make some changes to the side that lost at Aspatria last week.

Coach Richard Metcalf commented that the was heartened by the Carlisle effort in the Bower Park derby game, but he is still striving to find the right blend of youth and experience to get the league points account opened.

Martin Grealish resumes at lock after missing out last week with a virus.  He replaces Gareth Wylie who will be out for some time after disclocating a shoulder. Aiden Day is his partner at lock.  Otherwise the pack remains unchanged.

The half back pairing will be one that finished the match at Aspatria.  Ben Blain retains the scrum half slot after impressing when he moved in from the wing last week.  The other piston in the engine room is George Graham who moved to outside from scrum half to let Blain in last week.

Young Chris Harris who has impressed in his two outings thus far, deservedly keeps his place in the centre, and is partnered by the recalled Barry Earl.

James Clark is on the right wing and Paddy McDonnel comes in on the left flank.

Liam Nicholls keeps the bench warm as a back replacement with Harry Marshall and Scott Rattray keeping him company as cover for the pack.

The Crusaders expect a hard challenge when they entertain Tynedale in the Candy League.  They expect to finalise their team nearer the time, although they anticipate fielding a strong XV to play in what is expected to be one of their hardest clashes of the campaign.

The Hornets travel to Silloth in a Cumbria Shield League match and will be looking to carry on from their success last Saturday when they disposed of a Creighton XV quite comfortably in the second half.

Carlisle Colts are home too.  They entertain Northern in a Colts League fixture, one that has a tendency to produce some exciting rugby.

Junior and Youth rugby (under 7’s right through to under 16’s) is now well under way at Warwick Road and any families wanting to introduce their children to the game are welcome at the Club on Sunday mornings from 10.00 am.  Whilst the kids enjoy themselves, stay and have crack with other parents with a bacon ‘butty’ and a coffee!

Carlisle have been notifed this week that they have been awarded the RFU Mini & Youth Seal of Approval to add to their general RFU accreditation.  It is expected that a formal presentation evening will take place at their Warwick Road HQ in the near future.