Coventry are close to agreeing terms with former Rotherham scrum- half Brendan Haami.
According to director of rugby, Ian Carvell, the New Zealander has signed a oneyear deal with the National One side with the paperwork expected to go through in the next week.
Haami has been brought in as a direct replacement for last season's No 9 Shaun Perry who left the club after two years to go full-time with promoted Bristol.
But Coventry have had to cancel their pre-season match with Arix Viadana, leaving them with the headache of finding another match before the National One season starts in September.
They had been due to play the Italian champions, who pulled out, on Saturday August 23 but they have a free date and will meet Bristol on August 16 and Gloucester three days later.
Carvell also said the Butts Park Arena club have yet to reach an agreement with last season's captain Adrian Olver and are looking at other options to fill their tight-head spot.
Coventry- born centre, Shane Geraghty, has been handed his first start of the Under-21 World Championships after being named at inside centre for England against South Africa.
The London Irish threequarter came on as a secondhalf replacement in last week's 52-22 win against eleventh seeds Samoa but replaces Worcester's Simon Whatling after the latter suffered a knock against the South Sea Islanders.
Geraghty, who turns 19 in August and has two more seasons of Under-21 rugby, began his career as an undereight at Broadstreet. He represented Warwickshire and the Midlands while at Bablake School before moving to Colston's Collegiate in Bristol where he trained with Bath.
Whatling ' s Sixways team-mate Richard Blaze retains his place while two others, Mark Hopley and Dylan Hartley, are on the replacements bench.
Pertemps Bees have agreed to a request from Harlequins to move their scheduled National League One match at The Stoop Memorial Ground from Saturday December 31 to Monday January 2 (3pm). They will play National Two side Stourbridge at home on August 13 and at Bridgend on August 19.