Norwich prepare for home finale on special day for club

Norwich plough through the mud in their match away to Old Cooperians. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite

Norwich plough through the mud in their match away to Old Cooperians. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Archant

Norwich play their final home game of the season tomorrow when they come up against Old Cooperians in London Two North-East.

The city side are coming off the back of another week off, this time because Wanstead conceded their fixture.

It's also Norwich's traditional 'Harvey's Back to Norwich day' tomorrow, where former members and players return for the President's invitation side to play against a combined Lions & A XV team before the first team game.

Old Cooperians have slipped to the foot of the table, having had an excellent opening three games of the season, greatly assisted by their flying winger Kolade Awobowale, who will be the danger man if he's playing tomorrow.

The visitors conceded the fixture against Norwich earlier in the season when they were unable to field a team, but Norwich played them away in the RFU Intermediate Cup on a quagmire of a pitch and won 24-101 in conditions that nullified Awobowale's pace.

Norwich will be keen to avoid a banana skin on their home finale and changes have been made to the team that beat Romford – back come Mike Lawton, Jonny Wheater, Dave Micklethwaite, Peter Hosking and Ryan Bigland.

Director of rugby David Everitt said: 'With the frustration of not playing last weekend, the players are eager to get out and perform in front of what should be a large crowd of ex-players who will have played in the morning game in memory of past player, treasurer and president Alan Harvey. It is always a great day and the older players on the touchline will be comparing the present squad to how good they were in their day.'

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Coach Jonny O'Brien added: 'We are looking forward to the game and know they will be no pushovers. Our lack of matches recently has made it a challenging time. We'll look to control the ball and set a high tempo for the game. We will be looking to put on a display to make everyone at Norwich proud.'

The President's game is at 11am, the first XV at 3pm.

In London 3EC, Crusaders go to Woodbridge, Thetford host Ely, Holt are at home to Southwold, Wymondham, travel to Wisbech and West Norfolk host Stowmarket.

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