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Prop Lee Squire returns to help out Brixham

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

By Conrad Sutcliffe

Brixham coach Dan Parkes

Brixham coach Dan Parkes

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Brixham have lured prop Lee Squire out of retirement to solve a problem in the front row for Saturday's National Three South West clash with visiting Old Redcliffians.

Brixham are two men down in the starting pack and short of replacement options even with Sam Thomas and Luke Maggs pressing for recalls from the second XV.

Squire hasn't played regularly for the past four years, but answered an SoS from coach Dan Parkes to help out.

"It was him or me, so we tossed a coin and he lost," joked Parkes. "Lee coming in means we can move Gareth Williams back to the second row, where we were one down. Theo Kruger can't play this weekend, so Sam Thomas is an option for him in the back row."

Despite losing 20-19 at Old Centralians last time out, Brixham remain fifth in the table. Reds are a place and six points above them.

Reds beat Brixham 31-7 when the sides met back in September and Parkes is looking forward to getting them back to Astley Park.

"We don't intend letting anyone do the double over us this season," said Parkes.

Barnstaple, at home to Weston, have appointed Ryan Carter as captain following the departure of Winston James.

Carter led the side for the first time last Saturday when Barum lost 27-3 at Old Redcliffians.

"He is a young local man and leads by example," said joint head coach Steve Perry.

"It's not about talking, it's about actions and he has been a stand-out player for us."

Newton Abbot make the trip to Chippenham licking numerous wounds after their bruising 45-26 win over Bracknell last time out.

"It was a great win, but it came at quite a price in the pack," said Newton's director of rugby Roy Henderson. "Brett Stroud and Alex Smith both suffered injuries and won't be going to Chippenham.

"We were already without John Downey and Pete Mortimore long term – and neither Ben Cole or Jason Keenan are available this weekend. We really are down to the bare bones in the back row, to the extent we will have to move Alex Moore from the centre to play.

"And we can't have Lawrence May at stand-off this week as he has an academy game at Bicton. At least we can move things round in the backs without too much difficulty.

"Ordinarily, we would be disappointed not to come back from Chippenham with a win.

"Our problems put a different complexion on things, but do give second-team lads like Tom Beadle the chance to show what they can do."

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