Rugby union: Bury v Civil Service

Bury welcome the Civil Service to the Haberden on Saturday (2.15pm kick-off) for the first time in their history. The visitors, one of seven founders of the Rugby Union in 1863, are one point behind Bury, who occupy a lofty third place in the league.

Bury welcome the Civil Service to the Haberden on Saturday (2.15pm kick-off) for the first time in their history. The visitors, one of seven founders of the Rugby Union in 1863, are one point behind Bury, who occupy a lofty third place in the league.

Following their hard-fought victory at Stevenage, Bury finally seemed to have developed a settled squad, and the coaching staff have only made two changes. Captain Youngs makes a welcome return to the second row, and his height should give a welcome boost to the lineout, and Blackwell replaces the injured Curry at prop. The back division remain unchanged for the first time this season, and Bury will be looking to the power of Brown at inside centre to release the pace of Beukies, Trede and Turner out wide.

Bury will be looking to avenge their worst defeat of the season, 23-3 on a wet, windy day in November. It was the pace of the Civil Service that caused havoc in the defence that day, but the coaching staff will be optimistic that Bury will be strong enough to continue their run in the league, unbeaten since mid-November.


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