Cockerill believes Cole, 28, can still be England's tight head
at the next World Cup.
Both sides had new coaching teams and many new faces in their ranks and it quickly became obvious that it would be the Vale forward strength against the pace and skill of the Bridgend backs After 20 minutes, Bridgend tight head
prop Nicky Boyce was yellow carded after a series of close range scrums and Ebbw Vale took full advantage as their scrum got them a penalty try which, under the new experimental scoring system, was automatically worth eight points.
IT was a tale of two packs as Stourbridge took on the league leaders, or rather one pack, such was the dominance of the visitors led by veteran England Counties tight head
We wish him all the best but it's a great opportunity for Rupert, who has been the first-choice tight head
for Gloucester this season and also involved in the Saxons during the Six Nations.
In order to do well at tight head
you've got to spend a lot of time there and to be fair to Tom, he hasn't had that because John Afoa has been playing really well and Declan Fitzpatrick has stepped up to the mark," remarked Ross.
The 28-year-old tight head
prop remembers his spell at LSH with great affection particularly the help and support given him by the late Alan Walker and Ray French.
Stourbridge are forced to reshuffle their pack through the absence of tight head
props Chris Rowlands and Jack Gilding.
Mark Devine takes over from McLoughlin at tight head
and there is a return for Matt Williams (wing).
He has big shoes to fill with Micky Ward and Davey Wilson, who are both excellent players, at tight head
, so it just adds even more competition which can only be good for the club and all the players involved.
Simon Easterby and Dafydd Jones resume on the flank, and John Davies is at tight head
The former Lion tight head
has his sights set on becoming a fully-fledged international again - almost a year to the day that his rugby career looked over.
It advances us to a degree that he appears on television so often without hiding behind bushes, doing tight head
shots, or otherwise performing contortions like Franklin Roosevelt to avoid showing his wheelchair.