After several weeks of inactivity Halstead Templars Rugby Club return to Suffolk Merit Table division two action with a trip to Stowmarket thirds today.

However, the men in black will be without several key members of their squad for the journey with senior player Ed Merry and skipper Adi Illingworth both unavailable.

Both players have been in excellent form this season and will be a big miss for the Templars.

With Wayne Jones also missing and the consistent Matt Beckinsale also out, the strength of the Templars’ squad will be tested.

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