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Albion set to be without Collier and Penman for Hartpury trip

Dan Collier

PLYMOUTH Albion look like they will be without key forwards James Penman and Dan Collier for Saturday’s trip to second-placed Hartpury College.

Hooker Penman suffered a calf injury against Loughborough last weekend, which resulted in him having to be helped off the field just before half-time.

Lock Collier, meanwhile, has picked up an infection in his lower arm since the weekend.

“Dan’s got an infection at the moment, which we’re trying to get on top off,” said director of rugby Graham Dawe. “It’s not ideal but we just have to hope for his sake the antibiotics work pretty quickly.

“We’re not planning for him this week, but people do make miraculous recoveries. It would certainly be a bonus if he did turn out.”

Dawe also does not expect Penman to make the trip to Gloucestershire to take on a Hartpury side, who can boost the likes of veteran forwards Rhys Oakley, Steve Pape and Wayne Thompson in their pack.

“James is up walking about and we’re just hoping he will be back sooner rather than later,” said Dawe.

Albion are still waiting for new on backs Jake Murphy and Marc Koteczky, who missed last weekend’s win over Loughborough due to injuries, while Harrison Cully has been away with the England Under-20 squad this week.

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