Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Albion are optimistic forwards will be fit to face Ampthill

ollie DawePLYMOUTH Albion are optimistic forwards Ollie Dawe and Dan Collier will be fit for Saturday’s National One home match against Ampthill (3pm).

Teenage prop Dawe had to go off in last week’s defeat at Blackheath after suffering a nasty cut to the end of his nose near the nostril, which required a number of stitches, while lock Collier missed the game in London due to illness.

However, both have been training this week and should be available for selection to face a highly-experienced Ampthill side, who can boost former Albion players Ben Gulliver and Elliot Clements-Hill and a host of Tongan internationals in their squad.

“Ollie has trained this week and all the signs are that he will be fine to play, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” said director of rugby Graham Dawe.

“I get the impression he wants to play and it will be up to him if he wants to put himself in the mix.”

On Collier, the Albion boss added: “Dan’s back training and he’s getting up to speed. He is about 90 per cent there now.

“You do want as many people as possible available for selection.”

However, Royal Navy flanker Jarrad Hayler could miss out again this week due to his work commitments.

The Bickleigh-based Royal Marine has not been able to train with the club this week.

Hayler started Albion’s opening four matches but since then has been tied up with playing for the Royal Navy.

Dawe would like him available but said: “It is what it is. He’s a service person and we have to accept that.”

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