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Albion boss Dawe hoping to find regular development matches

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GRAHAM DAWE is hoping he can find regular games for his Plymouth Albion development team.

The Albion boss has arranged a match at Brickfields for Monday, September 28 against a Cornwall development team.

He has also spoken to a couple of other clubs in the West Country about the possibility of mid-week fixtures.

“It would be nice if we could get a couple of games a month,” said Dawe. “It would go a long way to assessing players’ ability and fitness.”

Dawe will have two hats on a-week-on-Monday when Albion host Cornwall. Dawe is not only Albion’s director of rugby but also the Duchy’s head coach.

“It is important to see players on the fringes in action in a competitive fixture,” said the former England international.

“Cornwall introduced a development squad last year and it proved beneficial for the County Championship.”

Billy Searle, Jon Dawe, Christian Judge, Robin Wedlake and George Jones were among the Cornwall development players that ended up featuring in last season’s title-winning County Championship squad.

Many of Albion’s young academy players are registered with lower league clubs.

These include Ben Stean (Camborne), Luke Mingo (Newton Abbot), Paul Hamber (Launceston) and Curtis Reynolds (Devonport Services).

Dawe, though, is keen to keep an eye on their development.

The match against Cornwall will also give some Albion players who have been on the bench for league matches or reserve the chance to push their claims for a starting spot.

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