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CHAIRMAN of rugby Graham Dawe says a number of the club's younger players pushed their claims for a place in Plymouth Albion's Championship team with their performances against Moseley in Wednesday's British & Irish Cup match.

Albion narrowly lost the game 29-25 after conceding a late penalty try, but Dawe was encouraged by what he saw from a team that featured six teenagers.

"Certainly a lot of players enhanced their reputations and put their hands up to make the Championship team over the coming weeks," said Dawe, who handed first team debuts to 17 players on Wednesday.

Three of the 18-year-olds who featured at Moseley, Dan Lee, Henry Slade and Jack Nowell, are added to Albion's squad for Sunday's match against Bristol, along with 20-year-old prop Jack Andrew and 21-year-old flanker James Harris.

Albion, already without Canadian international forwards Aaron Carpenter and Tyler Hotson, have a number of injury worries going into Sunday's game at the Memorial Stadium and will wait until after training this evening to finalise their team.

Prop David Morton and back-rower Herbie Stupple seem certain to be ruled out after picking up injuries in Albion's Championship win over Rotherham last week.

Fellow forwards Dan Collier and Sean-Michael Stephen also picked up knocks in that game and will have late fitness tests, as will back Mark Lee, who suffered a facial injury in Wednesday's match at Moseley.

Albion will be glad of the extra day to recover from Wednesday's 420-mile round trip to Birmingham. Due to the closure of part of the M5 it took Albion six hours to get to Moseley, while they did not return until the early hours of Thursday morning.

Albion and Bristol have both won two of their opening three matches of the 2011/12 season. Albion's only defeat has come away at London Welsh, while Bristol's winning start came to an end last weekend when they narrowly lost at Leeds.

Albion (from): Love, Nowell, McGrath, Lewis, Mitchell, Johns, Armitage, Fisilau, Bailey, M Lee, Slade, Cushion, Farnham, Hopkins, Dugard, Andrew, Evans, Vickers, McGregor, Collier, Lockley, Stephen, Tyas, Sprangle, Hocking, D Lee, Harris.

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