DEVON RUGBY team news

devon rugby football union badgeDevon Rugby have selected their starting XV to face North Midlands in the Bill Beaumont Cup county championship opener at Stourbridge RFC.

Devon - managed by Gareth Jones - are without key players from National League Two South side Taunton Titans, newly-promoted National League Three South West runners-up Exmouth and Barnstaple RFC, who provided players for the recent Tamar Cup warm-up clash against Cornwall at Plymouth.

Taunton are still in league action while Jon Hill's Exmouth - newly promoted to Two South following a thrilling 21-20 play-off win over Dorking - host Barnstaple in Sunday's Devon Cup final (1500).

Incidentally Exmouth have just made their first signing since clinching promotion by snapping up Devon's highly-rated England Counties Under 20s fly-half Rob Avery-Wright from Newton Abbot.

Devon starting XV Gareth Espin (Okehampton) Max Venables (Saltash) James Hannaford (Newton Abbot) Tom McClean (Brixham) Tom Goodman (Brixham) Charlie Attis (Devonport Services) Richard Friend (Cornish All Blacks) Russell Morris (Torquay) Chey Bryce (Brixham, capt) Rikki Stout (Rotherham) Lewis Maggs (Brixham) Dylan Flashman (Brixham) Jamie Tripcony (Cornish All Blacks) Jamie Rudkin (Teignmouth) Sam Richardson (Taunton).

Ready on the bench Cameron Setter (Ivybridge) Dean Avery (Newton Abbot) Jarryd Harris (Brixham) Dom Loomes (Ivybridge) Matthew Dowrick (Newton Abbot) Tom Scoles Scott Puleston (both Ivybridge) Sam Turner (Okehampton)

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