Twickenham on the horizon

RUGBY: Lowestoft & Yarmouth travel to face league winners Basildon in the Senior Vase last 16.

L&Y will make no changes to the squad that beat Wisbech 46-17 in the last league fixture of the season.

This will be L&Y’s third away fixture in the Vase, and if they come away victorious from Basildon they will be on their travels again to either Medway or Teddington in the quarter-finals the following week.

Director of rugby Scott Nelson said: “Basildon will no doubt be a very hard prospect at home. We managed a draw there last month and will look to go one better and get the win this time round.

“Personally I love Cup/Vase competitions because it gives clubs a chance at playing teams you would not meet otherwise. But financially it has been expensive for an amateur club like ourselves. Having had four away matches and not a single home game has been hard, but its the luck of the draw.

“We will be taking this fixture seriously and all the boys know that they are only a few games from Twickenham.”

Squad to travel to Basildon: G Newton, J Titterington, C Howe, R Bristo, C Cashman, R Wilkinson, R Oakes, S Powles, S Adams, K Taylor-Crisp, M Thomas, R Chapman, S Nelson, T Dare, J Fewkes, M Mcalone, D Boardley, D Palmer, B Sutherland.