Plymouth Albion's Wayne Sprangle has a point to prove

By Andrew BirkettBBC Sport
Wayne Sprangle

Plymouth Albion flanker Wayne Sprangle says he is in a hurry to get back into action after injury.

Sprangle had an ankle operation in the summer which has kept him out of action, but he is now raring to go.

"There was no point rushing back after my operation. I've only been back doing contact training for a couple of weeks now," he told BBC Sport.

"There's been some banter flying around and I've told Sam (Hocking) that I want my number seven shirt back."

Hocking scored the first of Albion's three tries in their 27-22 win over the Doncaster Knights at the Brickfields.

"There's healthy competition for places in our back row and across the whole team. If as a player you think you haven't anything to prove, you're wrong," he added.

The backrower, now in his fifth season with Albion, had special praise for new signing Brett Beukeboom, who ran in for a try on his Championship debut.

"He's been impressive in training," said Sprangle. "He's a good athlete with a good attitude. His work rate on Saturday was fantastic.

"Saturday was all about the win. It's so important to win your first game, especially at home.

"That result gives us a massive confidence boost going into Saturday's derby with the Cornish Pirates."