The Tinkermen – The Final Adjustments

The Tinkermen - Head Coach, Lee Soper, and Coach, B Buinimasi, have fine tuned the side ready for the Fiji Challenge
Connor O'Reilly starts at wing

The team selected for the IDRC final shows few changes from the team that defeated the French in the semi final  In all there are just two changes to the starting line up plus one positional change.

Up front the RAF's Dave Manning brings all his experience into the front row at Tighthead Prop where he joins Navy hooker Ben Priddey and the Army's Bombhead Smith, still buoyant from his try scoring performance last time out.  The rest of the pack remains the same with an unchanged back five led by skipper Jamie Miller at Number 8.  Head Coach, Lee Soper, has made one adjustment though with his options for the forwards with the inclusion of UKAF's top try scorer, Rob Bell, on the bench.  The inclusion of Rob gives the UKAF side plenty of variety from the bench with a number of players who are real specialists at winning turnovers at the all important breakdown area.

At halfback the Navy's Gareth Rees will once more link with the Army Flyhalf James Dixon.  If Rees has his name on the try sheet it is Dixon who has been so assured in managing both games so far, whether with ball in hand or with his tactical kicking.  His 90+% accuracy from the kicking tee has also ensured that UKAF have captialised fully from opposition transgressions whilst also seeing nearly all of their 14 tries converted.

In the back five Army flyer Connor O'Reilly comes in on the left wing, with the Navy's Brad Janes moving across to the right and Ben Chambers dropping to the bench.

You can view the full team slected earlier today by clicking here.

The match will be streamed live on Facebook by Forces News.  Kick off is 06:30 Monday morning UK time.

UKAF top try scorer, Rob Bell, brings experience and leadership to the bench.
Brad Janes' powerful running has been rewarded with three tries in IDRC 2019
Like Brad, Gareth Rees is another player who has scored tries in both matches.
Dave Manning returns at prop to make it an all 3 Service front row
A penny for those thoughts - skipper Jamie Miller deep in concentration as he leaves the pitch against Georgia is now one match away from lifting the IDRC trophy.

Images by:  Lee Crabb for Alligin Photogaphy (Minley Barracks), Jeremy O'Donnell (HMS Temeraire), Doc Cox (France), IDRC MOD Japan (Georgia)

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