Cambridge Rugby have revealed their side to take on Coventry on Friday. The Blood & Sand travel to Butts Park Arena for an 8pm kick off under lights.

Back in action following an Easter weekend bye, Cambridge will face second-placed Coventry after picking up a losing bonus point in their last outing against Nottingham at Ellgia Fields.

Head coach Richie Williams had this to say on this weekend’s selection:

“We’re missing a couple of key personnel – Gareth Baxter is unavailable, Anthony Maka picked up an injury last week which rules him out of contention, Joe Green is recovering from a leg injury picked up against Ealing and Kwaku Asiedu is in the middle of a three-game ban. We’ve also been unlucky to lose Jamie Benson for the remainder of this season after injuring his leg early in the second half against Nottingham and we wish him all the best in his recovery. He’s been a really good asset for us this season on loan from Harlequins.”

Cambridge line-up:

15) Joe Tarrant
14) Matty Williams
13) Tom Hoppe
12) Sam Hanks
11) Eli Caven
10) Steffan James
9) Sam Edwards
1) Jake Ellwood
2) Morgan Veness
3) Billy Walker
4) Kieran Frost
5) George Bretag-Norris (c)
6) Ben Adams
7) Jared Cardew
8) Matt Dawson

16) Archie Vanes
17) Huw Owen
18) Matt Collins
19) Matt Waring
20) Ben Brownlie
21) Noah Sloot
22) Kieran Duffin
23) Lawrence Rayner

Richie continues:

“We’re looking forward to the challenge on Friday night – it’s going to be a huge battle. I think Coventry are probably the most in form side in the Championship at the moment, coming off the back of some really positive results. They’ve had a couple of key players return from long-term injuries and their set piece is now a real weapon to launch off, in a similar manner to Nottingham, and Bedford, our last two opponents. They’re a team that can score really quickly and hurt opponents.

“Our focus remains the same – we’ve shown a lot of resolve defensively. And to only concede 20 points to Nottingham and 22 against Bedford shows real signs of progress from a defensive perspective. Moving forwards, for this Friday and for the rest of the season, we’ll be placing a big emphasis on our attack execution and I’m pretty confident that if we can apply ourselves on Friday night we’ll give ourselves some good opportunities to score points.

“For us as well it’s a really good opportunity to play again on a Friday night under lights in what will be a really good atmosphere. The Butts Park Arena historically is a place where teams don’t get many points so we’ll relish that challenge on Friday – we believe we’ve got a good squad in place to really attack the game.”