All change at the top as Old Reds install Coster as new chairman
KEVIN Coster has taken over from Jim Hanks as chairman of rugby at South West One West outfit Old Redcliffians.
Hanks, pictured, has stood down to follow the progress of his teenage son Sam, a former Filton Academy captain and centre who is appearing for Blaydon in National One and trying to earn a place in the Newcastle Falcons Academy.
And that has opened the door for Coster, a former Reds club captain, to step up to the plate.
Reds, meanwhile, face an important home clash tomorrow against lowly newcomers North Dorset (3pm).
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The Bristol side have made no secret of their ambition to bounce straight back to National Three South West after last season's relegation, but to date have struggled to find any kind of consistency with a long list of injury concerns not helping their cause.
Paul Todd makes his first appearance of the campaign on the wing and Luke Nabaro is back at centre, while James Willmott returns on the other wing.
There is also a recall for hooker Liam McCreight by Reds, who boast the second best defensive record in this division – but who to date have also scored an average of only 12 points per match.
High-flying Weston-super-Mare, meanwhile, make several changes for tomorrow's visit of Brixham who too are five from six in National Three South West.
Ross Bennett is at full-back with Clifton recruit Sam Smee switching to the wing and Matt Watkins reverting to the bench, while Dan Waldon returns at scrum-half.
Up front, Grady Wright starts in the second row with Dave Swann back at prop.
The club's Past Players Association stage their annual meeting and lunch ahead of the match which kicks off at 3pm.
It's also a busy day off the field at Avonmouth who have incorporated their first-ever ladies day into the home clash with Exmouth (3pm).
Former Bristol and England No 8 Bob Hesford, meanwhile, has been installed as the new coach of Dings Knights, the club's successful second string.
The Bristol club's senior side are away tomorrow to fellow basement battlers Barking, who have yet to win a match this season. Dings keep faith with the side that trumped Bournemouth, and that means promising teenager Joe Joyce continues at lock despite the availability of Dave Bufton who has recovered from an upset stomach. Experienced centre Sam Cox is still sidelined with a groin strain which has restricted his season to just 30 minutes to date.
Clifton, without 20 squad members who are either injured or not available, bid to make it three in a row when they travel to Taunton Titans with Jason Kelly, a new recruit from Brixham, in line to make his debut at centre.
In Western Counties North, Bristol Harlequins make one change for their trip to Cirencester, Adam Gittins coming in at centre for Brett Ford who is not available. Lock Dave Sweet is named on the bench and is in line for his senior debut after impressing for the seconds.