Bromsgrove coach Dean Ball hopes to use the Powergen National Trophy second round tie at Luctonians on Saturday, September 17 as a dress rehearsal for the Midlands One meeting between the clubs next month.
The Boars are due back at Mortimer Park for the league meeting between the North Midlands rivals on October 8 and Ball, the former Moseley and Worcester hooker, intends to use the Trophy meeting to mould together a muchchanged side.
"We had a good win at Whitchurch in the first round of the Trophy but we were beaten 41-14 at home by Burton in our opening league game on Saturday. We were a bit depleted because of a few of the players were at the wedding of Steve Phillips, our former prop forward," Ball said.
"We should be a bit closer to full strength for the Luctonians game but we are still gelling together as a team. It's a good opportunity for us to have a look at Luctonians."
Among the new faces at Finstall Park are former Moseley centre Ali Hall, the younger brother of Gwent and Scotland lock Andrew, ex- Moseley flanker Andy Ford and Mekoteoa Pieri, a Fijian back-row forward who had a stint with Alcester last season.
Fly-half Matt Halstead has rejoined the club after a stint with Dudley Kingswinford in a 'swap' with the experienced Matt Birch, who has moved in the opposite direction.