BAHRAIN RFC’s first XV head coach Louie Tonkin yesterday confirmed his squad for this evening’s crucial final round of the West Asia Premiership clash against Jebel Ali Dragons in Saar, starting at 5pm.
The Dragons make their first journey of the season out of the UAE as current league leaders but needing a win to secure the title, with main rivals and reigning champions, Abu Dhabi Harlequins, taking on new boys, Dubai Eagles.
Bahrain too have plenty to play for as a win would secure them a coveted home semi-final in the West Asia Cup play-offs later this month.
Thankfully for Tonkin, and despite missing a number of senior players, the coach has been able to name one of the strongest squads of the season as they go in search of a big win.
In total, the side shows four changes and a further two positional switches from the side that dispatched the Eagles by 54-8 last weekend.
Davis Tui returns to the front row alongside Lindsey Gibson and Mani Tupou. Rich Wilkinson shifts to the second row to partner Jonny Kenny, with Rhys Fitzgerald and Elliot back in the back-row alongside Alastair Crombie.
Rob Bennett and Luke Radley will once again marshal a backline where the only change is the return of skipper Adam Wallace, who takes his place alongside Dai Evans in the centre after injury.
Wallace’s return sees Greg Heath revert to the wing and he is joined in the back three by Iwan Phillips and Ollie Luke.
The bench has proved a real plus point for Bahrain on their run of four wins on the bounce and should again provide plenty of impact this evening, with Oli Sanson, Matt McKee, Max Sale, Tommy Booth, Toby Borrow, Ross Preedy and Terrence Tantoh all primed for action.