PLYMOUTH Albion’s presence in the Cornwall squad could possibly increase for this weekend’s must-win match against Surrey at Camborne.
The Duchy have used eight Albion players in their opening two games against Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire – Rupert Freestone, Sam Matavesi, Herbie Stupple, Matt Shepherd, Jake Murphy, Robin Wedlake, Billy Searle and Jon Dawe.
But prop Christian Judge, who was part of last year’s championship winning squad, could be back in contention following a shoulder injury he picked up in Albion’s final league match of the season against Richmond, while Seti Raumakita, who can play wing or flanker, is available after suspension.
“Christian Judge still has to satisfy the medical people and himself of his fitness,” said Cornwall head coach Graham Dawe.
“He won’t play unless he is 100 per cent fit. He was close last week but it was just too early.
“He’ll be assessed during the week, but his shoulder is feeling a lot better.
“Seti is training and he will come into the mix, but it is a pretty competitive squad as it is.”
Tight-head prop Judge was voted Albion’s official player of the year and his performances for during the 2015/16 season earned him a call-up for the England Counties squad and secured him a move to Bedford.
Meanwhile, Albion fans should find out tomorrow if they are going to have another pre-season trip to Jersey.
The Channel Islands club invited Albion over last year to play them and former director of rugby Graham Dawe had held discussions about visiting St Peter again on the first weekend of August.
He had also lined up home and away matches against the Cornish Pirates for the following two weeks of pre-season.
Jersey have said they will confirm their pre-season programme tomorrow.
Even if the Jersey match does not go ahead, Albion are still expected to play the Pirates on back-to-back weekends in August.