Bideford bring back Andrew Mackenzie-Shapland for Devon Intermediate Cup semi-final
Bideford have brought Andrew Mackenzie-Shapland out of first-team retirement for the second time.
The former captain has been named at fly half for tomorrow's Devon Intermediate Cup semi-final at Ivybridge.
Mackenzie-Shapland retired after lifting the cup in 2011 but returned last season to help them retain the trophy.
After playing for the second XV in recent weeks, and with Olly Wickett, Stefan James and Pat Sanders unavailable, he has been brought back again for Bideford's first match in this season's competition.
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After being given a bye in the first round, Bideford had a walkover in the quarter-finals when Exeter Saracens withdrew.
Bideford have not lost in the competition since a 10-3 first-round defeat to Crediton on November 21, 2009.
They may feel they have unfinished business from their last visit to Ivybridge for a Tribute Western Counties (west) match in October.
After leading 31-10, they were beaten 33-31 – their first defeat of the season.
South Molton, like Bideford, are into a semi-final without playing a match.
Dartmouth have pulled out of tomorrow's Devon Junior Cup quarter-final at Unicorn Park and Molton will now meet Salcombe on March 30 for a place in the final.
If that seems strange, the Cornwall RFU Tribute Knockout Cup is even more bizarre.
Bude have pulled out of their semi-final at Camborne, meaning the South West One club are into the final without playing a single cup tie.