Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Influential flankers unlikely to be fit for Plymouth Albion’s must-win match

langsPLYMOUTH Albion are unlikely to have influential flankers Rob Langley and Sam Simmonds available for Saturday’s must-win Championship clash at Moseley.

If Albion do not claim a victory at Billesley Common this weekend then they will be relegated to National Division One.

Langley  and Simmonds, who have been two of Albion’s best performers this term, have been making progress from injuries but Saturday’s game is almost certain to come too soon for them.

Dual-registered Exeter Chiefs forward Simmonds has not played for Albion since their defeat at Worcester Warriors on March 7, while Langley has not featured since the start of February after picking up ankle injury against Bedford Blues.

“It would be good if everyone was available for selection,” said Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe, who also has experienced players like Ruairi Cushion and Herbie Stupple on the injury list. “But we are where we are and we have to put faith in the players that are fit and available.”

Albion will also not be able to call on dual-registered players Josh Watkins and Ellis Genge, who are wanted by their parent clubs Worcester and Bristol respectively.

But they will have Toby Howley-Berridge available again. The centre missed his first league game of the season last Saturday for family reasons but is in contention to face Moseley.


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