SWINDON Robins boss Alun Rossiter says his troops are out to thwart the threat of world champion and former skipper Jason Doyle when they host Somerset Rebels this evening.

Doyle, who left the Abbey Stadium after Swindon's SGB Premiership title-winning season, returns to Wiltshire tonight for the first time since his departure.

New rules brought in for the 2018 season restricted Premiership clubs to just one rider with an average over eight on their roster, leaving Rossiter to choose between Doyle and Nick Morris.

The Swindon chief opted for Morris, and says there is no hostility between the two ahead of the showdown with Somerset.

While the threat that Doyle poses is an obvious one, Rossiter stressed the Aussie ace isn’t the only man who can hurt his side.

“It should be an interesting one," said Rossiter.

"Obviously, Somerset are our local neighbours and Jason is coming back, but we can’t just focus on one rider. There are six others in the team.

"I am sure Jason will get a good reception so I am looking forward to it.

“It will be great to see Doyley back. It was a tough decision to let him go in the winter, what happens, happens,

“It’s gone, and you have to move on. I have a lot of time for Jason and he has fully justified his world championship tag and we just want to dampen his spirits when he comes here.

“It will be nice to see a big crowd on a Bank Holiday.

“We are joint top of the league, so hopefully we will be able to get a bit more support.”

In addition to Doyle, Bradley Wilson-Dean is also set for a reunion at reserve after he recovered from an injury sustained in a Grand Prix qualifier in Denmark.

Troy Batchelor, who was drafted by Rossiter for this season, says Swindon’s current crop need to make their presence felt at the Abbey.

“It should be a good meeting and there will be a few old faces back, so it’s a track they probably feel they know pretty well,” said Batchelor.

“I’m sure it will be interesting and I am sure we will look to stamp our authority. It is going to be a good one."