Collins is in as injuries mount

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FYLDE RFC face more losses to their personnel in the run-in to the end of the season, including a freak injury to flanker Rob Taylor, the Lancashire under-20 player.

He suffered a stress fracture to his spine, not on the rugby field, but lifting weights.

He joins Gareth Rawlings and Gavin Cartmel in being out of action for the remainder of the season.

And Fylde, who travel to Coventry tomorrow, will also have to do without the services of Josh Beaumont and Harrison Collins at least for the remainder of the month.

The young duo are part of the successful Durham University team, which defeated Bath University this week to get through to the finals of the national student rugby cup competition.

Durham, who are the defending champions, now meet Hartpury College in the final at Twickenham on March 28.

Fylde coach Mark Nelson said: “It means we won’t be able to use either of them until April.”

Fylde will be without Richard Kenyon for the Coventry clash because of a facial injury.

Nelson said: “Richard wanted to play, but player welfare is my primary concern.”

Kenyon’s fly-half spot at Butts Park Arena is taken by Steve Collins, who has now recovered from a neck injury.

Fylde need a check on Nick Royle before he can take his place as an attacking full-back.

He has suffered shin splints while training this week with the England sevens squad.

Paul Arnold is absent again with a neck injury, so Simon Griffiths, normally a prop, is chosen at lock.

Nelson said: “We have six games to go, four of them away, starting with the match against Coventry.

“We are right on the business end of the season with pretty thin resources and we need to finish the season well, but we have some tough trips to two London clubs, Rosslyn Park and Blackheath and away to Jersey (champions-elect). We expect Coventry to give us a similar game to the one against Macclesfield last Saturday, with a big pack of forwards up against us.

“Coventry’s ground is the best stadium in the division, and it will be good for us to play on a stage like that against a side who have experience of playing in the Championship.”

Fylde: Royle; Viney, C Briers, S Briers, Brennand; Collins, Wallwork; Livesey, Roddam, Lavelle, Griffiths, Ferguson, Stewart, Stephenson, S Beaumont: Replacements: Loney, Altham, McGuinness, Depledge, Binham.