Swindon continue a busy week with a trip to Somerset in the Premiership on Wednesday (7.30pm).

And the clash with the Rebels will also mark the first time the CFS Filtration Robins have come up against title-winning captain Jason Doyle since he made the winter switch to the Oaktree Arena.

Doyle is one of three former Robins in the Rebels’ line-up as the hosts also include fellow 2017 winner Bradley Wilson-Dean as well as Charles Wright, who had a successful time at Swindon when racing at reserve under the Draft system.

Somerset bring in Ashley Morris to guest at reserve with Jonas Jeppesen on the sidelines with a broken hand.

Robins missed out on point at Belle Vue on Monday when they went down 40-50, but they performed well at the Highbridge venue last season, winning 46-44 in April and then emphatically 53-37 in August.

And boss Alun Rossiter says his side mustn’t let the Doyle factor affect their preparations as they chase a third away win of the season.

Rossiter said: “It should be a good meeting, it’s a local one for us and I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of talk and build-up about us going up against Jason.

“But we can’t focus on that. We know how good he is and what he brings, he’s the current World Champion after all, but it’s not about focusing on one rider.

“As a team and as a manager there are six other riders for us to go up against. We know what to expect, and whatever Jason does isn’t going to be a shock.

“We had some good results there last year so it’s certainly not a venue we should fear. The boys will be up for it and I know there were a couple who were disappointed on Monday so they’ll be wanting to put things right.”

Robins are also back at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday when they host Wolverhampton in a repeat of last season’s Grand Final.

SOMERSET: Jason Doyle, Jake Allen, Charles Wright, Jack Holder, Richard Lawson, Ashley Morris, Bradley Wilson-Dean.

SWINDON: Nick Morris, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Tobiasz Musielak, Zach Wajtknecht, Jack Smith.

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