Cornwall RLFC


Match Preview – Rochdale (a)

May 20, 2023

Cornwall RLFC make a second visit to the Crown Oil Arena tomorrow as Mike Abbott’s side face off against Rochdale.

Ahead of this Betfred League 1 Round Nine clash against the Hornets, here is all your essential pre-match information.

Squad Selection

After a busy week of transfer activity, in which Cornwall have added four new recruits to their squad, all of head coach Mike Abbott’s most recent additions will make the trip to Spotland.

Harvey Whiteley will provide cover in the hooking department while Spencer Darley and Leo Tennison bolster the Choughs’ middle options.

And if selected, loose forward David Weetman will make his full Cornwall debut after joining the club on a permanent basis until the end of 2023.

Of those that miss out from last Saturday’s home reverse at the hands of Hunslet, Brad Howe (concussion) is ruled out under return to play protocols.

Fellow prop Jack Ray is suspended while Ewan Badham’s loan from Rochdale has ended. Paul Bolger, who was drafted into the 17 against Hunslet due to Nathan Cullen’s late withdrawal, is available for selection, but misses out.

Second row Cullen has recovered from his knock while George Mitchell is back in the fold after a hamstring injury. However, the local Cornish forward remains a doubt.

Cornwall Squad:

Our Opposition:

Rochdale Hornets have revealed their 21-man squad for this round nine clash.

Head coach Gary Thornton has extended the loan of centre Umyla Hanley from Super League side Leigh. Hanley, son of former Wigan great Ellery, is joined at Spotland by is Leopards team mater Aaron Smith.

There are two former Choughs named by Thornton in his initial squad also. Prop Toby Brannan played three games on loan from former club Wigan last year while Joe Purcell spent a year at the Mem before he joined Rochdale.

We’ve Met Before:

01/05/22 – Cornwall 0 Rochdale Hornets 50 (L1 R6)

14/08/22 – Rochdale 34 Cornwall 14 (L1 R19)

From the dugouts:

Cornwall head coach Mike Abbott sat down with the club’s media team to preview Sunday’s game.

Match Officials:

Three officials have been appointed for Sunday’s game with one still to be confirmed

Referee: Brad Milligan

Touch judges: Gary Shaw & Cameron Charnock

Reserve referee: Craig Regan

Principal or Alternate?

For the third time in an away game this, the Choughs will take to the field at Spotland wearing our alternative ensemble.

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Under-16s: £5

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Follow the Match:

As it is an away game, there is no coverage from BBC Radio Cornwall.

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There will be regular updates across our social media channels and official website before, during and after the match.