Oakley gets another chance to impress Saints coaches

ANOTHER CHANCE - for trialist Rhys Oakley
ANOTHER CHANCE - for trialist Rhys Oakley

TRIALIST Rhys Oakley will get another chance to impress the Saints coaching staff after being named in the side to face Moseley at Franklin’s Gardens on Thursday night.

The No.8, who has two Wales caps to his name and has played for the likes of Leeds Carnegie and Bourgoin, was a second-half replacement in the 43-0 win against Leinster last Saturday.

Saints assistant coach Paul Grayson later admitted he was happy with Oakley’s showing and said the player had ‘thrown his hat into the ring’ for a deal at the club.

And the 31-year-old will now get another chance to prove his worth when the Championship side come calling at the Gardens.

He will be joined in the line-up by summer signing James Wilson, who makes his first start for the club after two good showings off the bench in pre-season so far.

Stephen Myler, Martin Roberts and Noah Cato are also in the side, with exciting youngsters such as Tom Stephenson and Ryan Glynn on the bench.

The Moseley match-up is the first of a double-header for Saints as they travel to Murrayfield to face Edinburgh on Friday night.

Saints: Cato, Collins, May, Wilson, Armstrong, Myler, Roberts; Waller, Haywood, Mercey, Woolford, Hicks, Oakley, Nutley, Hopley.

Replacements: McMillan, Hobbs, Herriott, Warr, Dyer, Allcock, Glynn, Hooley, Burrell, Stephenson, Wootton.