Raiders put the call in for Chisholm

James Chisholm
James Chisholm

WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club coach Kieron Dawson hopes to have James Chisholm available for Saturday’s home match with Old Albanian.

Chisholm was part of the England under-18 rugby side who defeated Australia Schools 23-3 at Harrow School last Wednesday.

He has played seven games for Worthing Raiders this season, on loan from Aviva Premiership side Harlequins, and captained the England team, while also touching down a try. Earlier in the month, he made his Premiership debut for Harlequins, in a 35-9 win at Newcastle Falcons.

Dawson will be putting in a call to Harlequins to enquire about Chisholm’s availability after Saturday’s 45-14 defeat at Blaydon. He said: “Liam Perkins went off with a shoulder injury on Saturday, so he’ll be out for three to four weeks which is a big blow as he’d been playing well.

“Rob Smith is probably still a week away with his knee injury, so we’ll be asking Harlequins to see if we can get James involved.

“He made his Premiership debut recently, captained England under-18s last week, so is a man in demand but we’ll put in the call.”

Jack Maslen, who touched down 20 tries last season, could play a few minutes for the A team on Saturday. He has been out since September with a kidney injury.

Matt McLean is in line for a January return but Ben Loosmore is back available for Raiders after his Brighton College commitments.