Championship One preview: Gloucestershire v London (Sun)

Gloucestershire All Golds coach Brad Hepi is setting his sights on a third successive win after seeing off Oxford and South Wales in the last month.

And Gloucestershire’s chances look set to receive a major boost with the inclusion of on-loan winger Nev Morrison, who has joined on a short-term deal from Sheffield Eagles.

Victory for Hepi’s men could lift them off the foot of the Kingstone Press Championship One table, but London Skolars will be in confident mood despite last week’s Northern Rail Bowl final defeat.

Skolars coach Joe Mbu could hand a debut to high-profile signing Gareth Raynor.

Former international winger Raynor, 35, scored the final try in Great Britain’s famous 2006 win against Australia in Sydney.

Raynor said: “I’m excited to be putting my boots back on and the opportunity to come to London and help Skolars push for promotion is a challenge that appealed to me greatly.”

Raynor is likely to replace Ade Adebisi, who suffered an injury during last week’s loss against North Wales.

Andy McLean (quad) is also a major doubt, while Michael Worrincy will be assessed after suffering a dead leg against the Crusaders.

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