Crocs backs can make use of space: Skipper

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Old Crossleyans are banking on an expansive approach paying dividends in tomorrow’s rescheduled North One East game at Darlington.

The home side have struggled to find their form all season - picking up just three wins - and finished on the wrong end of a cricket score at Broomfield earlier in the season.

But Crocs captain James Wainwright insists that while his side will travel with confidence, they won’t be harbouring complacency.

“I think it’s a game where we are well capable of getting a result,” said Wainwright.

“But I don’t think it’s as easy as it might look on paper.

“Those three games they have won have come in the last five matches, so they’ve obviously managed to turn things around a little bit.

“I’m not really surprised; they have a massive pack and don’t try to play much rugby and the way the weather has gone over the last couple of months will have definitely helped them.

“The good thing is the size of their pitch, which is probably the biggest we will play on all year.

“We’ll try to get the ball wide as much as we can and if we can make sure we get a share of the ball we should be okay.”

Like several of their Calderdale neighbours, the scheduling of a fixture on an originally blank weekend will leave Crocs shorthanded.

Chris Seymour, Rory Davies and Manny Riaz are all unavailable, while points-scoring back Leigh Thomas has left the club.

“We should still have enough to get a win,” emphasised Wainwright.

Ireland’s November Test matches will be broadcast live by Sky Sports for the first time from next year.

The Irish Rugby Football Union today announced a four-year deal with the broadcaster up to and including 2017.

Ireland’s autumn games, which often feature clashes against the likes of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, are currently screened live by the BBC.

Irish broadcaster RTE already hold rights to the RBS 6 Nations Championship through a direct agreement with the tournament organisers, the Six Nations.