Norwich coach pleased to see prop back in team for South Woodham Ferrers trip

Chris Parrott, pictured in action against Chelmsford earlier this season, will struggle to be availa

Chris Parrott, pictured in action against Chelmsford earlier this season, will struggle to be availabale for Norwich in future because of work commitments. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Andy Micklethwaite

Norwich head for South Woodham Ferrers tomorrow after a week off, keen to extend their recent return to winning ways in London 2NE. They will expect conditions to be very heavy.

With Tom Whiskin unavailable Matt Selby moves to hooker and Pip Scott starts at tighthead, giving Norwich a very powerful front row that will be helpful against the hosts' traditionally heavy pack. The rest of the pack has a familiar look to it and Ben Girling returns at nine with Jonny Wheater continuing at 10 in place of the injured player/coach Jonny O'Brien.

Jordan Tucker comes back from injury and Neil Dunleavey moves into the starting line-up following a committed performance coming off the bench in the last game against Rochford Hundred.

Having looked forward to the return from injury of flying full-back Chris Parrott, Norwich will have to adjust to a future without him as his career has taken him to Essex and working most Saturdays anyway. His appearances for the team will be occasional at best.

Norwich will need to improve their finishing, having won the last two games with an aggregate of just 13 points, but the fact that they won both games with so few points also highlights their admirable defensive work, particularly against Rochford who had the home side under almost constant pressure for the second half and failed to breach the line.


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Coach O'Brien said: 'We are expecting a tougher game than the one that we had at home as we still have a lot of injuries and the conditions will favour South Woodham Ferrers' forward-based game. The teams know each other well and will know what to expect. I am pleased that Pip Scott is starting, it's a well deserved one, having eased his way back after an injury.'

• In Division 3NE Lowestoft & Yarmouth will be hoping for an overdue win when they host strugglers Billericay while Beccles will be going for a fourth straight win at home to Upminster.

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