Hancocks steps up to replace Ives as Norwich host Hitchin in RFU Senior Vase

Friday, November 9, 2012
5:50 PM

Norwich host Hitchin tomorrow in the second round of the RFU Senior Vase and their injury problems persist, with Dougie Greenwood, Dave Micklethwaite, Nick Austin, and George Pope added to the list.

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It is hoped that all will be fit to return in the next league game against Canvey Island on November 17.

In the absence of Dave Micklethwaite the team will be led by new vice-captain Scott Hancocks who has taken over the role from Josh Ives now his work has taken him out of the area. Ives’ role as club captain will be taken by Jonny Wheater.

Joe Riches returns from injury to join Mike Hindle and Aaron Swanbrough in the front row with Stuart Seppings partnering Mark Fernie in the second row.

With a requirement for two front row replacements in the vase competition, senior members will be delighted to see the return to the first XV bench of veteran hooker Simon Vavasour after an absence of many years.

Clark Hindle, Ben Liddiard, Chris Parrott and Callum MacAuley complete the changes to the squad from last week.

Despite the notable absentees, Norwich are optimistic about their prospects and are looking forward to a competitive and entertaining game in front of a good home crowd.

Not much is known about Hitchin other than they are fourth in a parallel league to Norwich’s, London 3 North West.

Beccles and Wisbech also have home ties to look forward to tomorrow afternoon.

Beccles play host to a Welwyn side who are third in the same league after losing their first match of the season last weekend.

Wisbech will be hoping fortress Harecroft Road helps them progress against Sudbury.

They have been in scintillating form at home this season, winning all four of their matches.

A fifth triumph over Sudbury would not only maintain their fine 100pc record but seal a place in the third round, something manager Cliff Humphreys believes they are more than capable of achieving.

The Wisbech boss said: “We will be looking to be at top strength and hopefully we can select a team from a full squad.

“We played some scintillating rugby at times on Saturday and we’re quietly confident against Sudbury if the team can put together our A-game. “

Centre Shane Vickers is a slight injury doubt after tweaking his hamstring.

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