Albion looking to go two for two against Pirates
Albion opened their season with a hard-earned 27-22 victory over Doncaster Knights at Brickfields last Saturday and director of rugby/head coach Nat Saumi would love to add another four points this week against his former club.
"I am looking forward to going down there," said Saumi. "I just hope the boys play well and come up with something."
"Last season we managed just one away win, but there is confidence in the boys."
Albion make three changes to their team that beat Doncaster last weekend.
Dual-registered youngster Henry Slade is unavailable this week so Louis Messer will make his league debut for Albion at full-back.
The other changes to the starting line-up see Plymouth-born teenager Jack Arnott replace Tom Bowen on the wing and prop Jack Andrew, whose brother Paul plays for the Pirates, come in for David Morton.
Tom Cowan-Dickie, who played for the Pirates last season, is added the bench, as is Albion’s all-time record appearance holder Keni Fisilau and summer signing Ien Ascroft-Leigh.
Hooker Cowan-Dickie is one of three Albion players who were in the Pirates squad last term. The other two are Rhodri McAtee, who enjoyed eight seasons with the Pirates, and prop Lloyd Fairbrother.
Albion: 15 Louis Messer; 14 Rhodri McAtee; 13 Paul Bailey; 12 Bevon Armitage; 11 Jack Arnott; 10 Paul Roberts; 9 Paul Rowley; 1 Jack Andrew; 2 Jon Vickers; 3 Lloyd Fairbrother; 4 Brett Beukeboom; 5 Sean Michael-Stephen (capt); 6 Herbie Stupple; 7 Sam Hocking; 8 Aaron Carpenter.
Replacements: 16 Ruairi Cushion; 17 Tom Bowen; 18 Keni Fisilau; 19 David Morton; 20 Tom Cowan-Dickie; 21 Rupeni Nasiga; 22 Ien Ascroft-Leigh