Injury-hit Albion start with seven new players
Seven summer signings will start for Plymouth Albion when they take on Jersey at Exeter's Sandy Park in tomorrow's opening Championship match of the season (1.15pm).
Chris Elder, Pale Nonu and Dan Mugford line up in the backs, while Davy McGregor, Matt Shields, Eoghan Grace and Rhys Oakley will be in the pack tomorrow.
However, Albion have suffered a number of injury blows ahead of their season-opener. Wingers Jamie Davies and Jack Arnott are both ruled out, as is powerful back-row forward Herbie Stupple.
Albion were already without Harrison Tovey, Lloyd Fairbrother, Declan Cusack and Ben Woods with injuries.
Arnott, who played for Exeter Chiefs' second team on Monday, has a shoulder problem, while fellow winger Davies has a knee problem.
Stupple, meanwhile, has not recovered from an ankle injury he picked up in Albion's final pre-season match of the season against Gloucester.
Head coach James Shanahan, who is preparing for his first competitive game in charge of Albion, said: "After the Gloucester game we thought we just had bumps and bruises, but some have developed a bit more.
"Some may say Herbie is a big loss, but Sean-Michael Stephen is not a bad replacement. He has been Albion's best player for the last few years. There were a lot of tough calls and the players that do start have an opportunity now."
Player/forwards coach Rhys Oakley will captain the team from number eight, forming a new back-row partnership with Grace and Stephen.
Shanahan, 35, is named on the bench, with fellow fly-half Cusack still not fit.
He could make his first league appearance for Albion since 2002 if he comes on at Sandy Park.
Shanahan is relishing his first league match in charge, which will be televised live by Sky Sports.
"I'm very excited and the boys are very excited," the Albion boss added.
"Sandy Park is a great place to start. It's a great stadium and we are on Sky TV."
Both Plymouth and Jersey finished in the bottom four last season, but both sides have ambitions of improving this time around.
"Jersey have made a lot of signings so there is expectations for them, and the same for us," Shanahan added. "So it's going to be a tough game on Sunday.
Plymouth Albion: Elder; Bowen, Howley- Berridge, Nonu, Warner; Mugford, Rowley; Morton, McGregor, Shields; Ascroft-Leigh, Beukeboom; Stephen, Grace, Oakley (capt). Replacements: Evans, Rogers, Langley, Matavesi, Shanahan, Cushion, Stevens.