There still some confusion over whether Furness’ fixture against St Benedicts in Cumbria Division One will be at home or away, but for the moment it’s at the Strawberry Grounds.

There’s no doubt skipper Corne Els will be keen to upset the form book and take the points and with brothers Joe and Will Mallinson there is every chance of this happening.

Mark Hall will put his body on the line again alongside Colin Dalton and possibly Ben Hughes. The boot of David Finlayson is a great tool to rely on and looking at brothers Rhys and Iestyn Humphreys they could have a say in the way this goes.

Fingers are crossed Dylan Tapatu will be good to go with fellow forward Cameron McClure keen to get some game time.

Hawcoat Park A travel south to play Ormskirk 2nd XV in the first outing of the new year.

Scott Garnett returns to the side and his experience will be invaluable on the day. Captain Peter Jennens is keen to start with a win and with Joe Rea and Luke Harrison, he has the tools to do so.

Rob Shephard puts his hand up to travel along with Johnny Hutton and Jason Milby. Peter Matthews and Harry Higgins will keep Kirk at bay from the back row with Paul Woodburn and Rodney Odandi great ball carriers in their own right.

‘Mr Reliable’ Ryan Brown will control the front three, with Jack Lord always on hand to finish off moves.