Rowland targets his former clubBy Nigel Sutcliffe
January 13, 2012
Chris Rowland will face his former club Weston-super-Mare in tomorrow’s National League 3 South West game at Old Bath Road (2pm kick-off).
Redingensians’ former England Under-21 front-row forward began his rugby career as a junior at Weston.
Weighing in at 20st, he has added power to the Rams pack since joining recently and said: “I’m enjoying the atmosphere. It’s my type of club. They play hard on the pitch and off it. I feel there is immense potential here.”
Rowland’s professional career has taken him to several clubs including Bristol, Northampton, Plymouth and Esher - and also to Spain.
But now he intends to settle down and pursue his trade of landscape gardener - as well as playing rugby.
Redingensians’ head coach Mike Tewkesbury has warned that Weston cannot be taken lightly despite his side’s 52-23 win in Somerset earlier in the season.
He said: “Weston have now won six of their eight away games and it won’t be a stroll.”
Azza Hopkins is likely to be out for a month after suffering an off-the-ball incident in last week’s match against Old Patesians, which ended up being abandoned.
He suffered a head injury and is likely to be out for a month. This means Michael Clarke switches from hooker to open side flanker and Chris Rumble, on his return from the USA, resumes in the front row.
Redingensians: Clarke W; Gosling, Reynolds, Aaron Hopkins, Odejobi; Brown, Clark W; Rumble, Rowland, Baker, Root, Turner, Amor, Clarke M; R Stapley. Reps: Thomas, C Stapley, AN Other.