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Over the years the Cornish Pirates and their supporters have always enjoyed their trips to Pagoda-picturesque Old Deer Park, although success on the field has not always been easy to come by.

The team has lost on its last two visits to the famous 'Exiles' club, so Chris Stirling's side will be keen to record a 'W' there on Saturday. Also, if a quick check of the records proves correct, then it would put the Pirates one win up on the win-loss account with reference to games played at Old Deer Park between the two teams since their first meeting at National One/Championship level stretching back to March, 2004. To date they have met eight times at 'ODP', each winning four and losing four, but with a points ratio of 182-151 in favour of 'The Dragons'.

For this encounter in west London the Cornish Pirates welcome back Jonny Bentley from injury, who will be making his second Championship appearance of the season, whilst the USA's international centre Andrew Suniula also gets a starting role after making his debut off the bench last week against Esher.

Skipper scrum-half Gavin Cattle returns to the side, as to the starting line-up do loose-head prop Carl Rimmer and back-rower Blair Cowan, who is named at blind-side flanker.

Saturday's will inevitably be another highly charged game, with it expected that the home team will be especially keen to gain revenge for having lost last season's RFU Championship semi-final 18-10 back at the Mennaye Field.

The ingredients are certainly there for a thriller - we shall soon see.........

The Cornish Pirates side named for Saturday's encounter is as follows:-

Cornish Pirates: R. Cook, G. Pointer, D. Locke, A. Suniula, D. Doherty, J. Bentley, G. Cattle (capt), B. Maidment, P. Burgess, B. Cowan, I. Nimmo, M. Myerscough, R. Brits, R. Elloway, C. Rimmer.

Replacements: R. Storer, D. Ward, L. McGlone, C. Morgan, T. Kessell, C. Thomas, S. Hill.

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