BARNSTAPLE have already won an important battle before the season has even kicked off.
Matt Gohl, the lock forward who was sent off in the Devon Senior Cup final, will be free to play in the first league game on September 7.
Gohl, 19, was banned for eight weeks after his red card for a spear tackle five minutes into Barum's 39-3 defeat to Exmouth in May.
It was the second time in two months he had been sent off for the offence.
The first four weeks of the suspension were served after the final when Gohl could in theory have been called up by Devon for their County Championship matches.
Originally he was instructed to serve the second four weeks at the start of the National Three South West season.
But Barnstaple appealed against that ruling and Gohl is instead suspended now.
It means he will miss the club's pre-season matches, starting with Saturday's home game against Cornish All Blacks, but will be available for the opening-day league clash with Redingensians.
Tom Skelding, the joint head coach and Gohl's fellow lock, said: "That's a real plus point because he's a good up-and-coming player.
"Me and Steve (Perry, joint head coach) had a chat with him and he understands what he has got to do in terms of his technique in tackling. He is right on board with that."
Launceston's All Blacks, who finished seventh in National Two South last season, will provide a stiff test for Barnstaple in their first match action of pre-season.
"It's a good one for me and Steve, being our former team," said Skelding, who has taken charge with Perry after director of rugby Kevin Squire stepped down.
"I'm looking forward to seeing some of their lads. I had a really good time at Launceston.
"They have got something special and testament to that is the fact there are still so many players from when I was there four years ago."
Barnstaple's whole first-team squad will be used as the coaches assess their progress.
"It will be a good challenge," said Skelding. "We will have plenty of defensive work and plenty of practice at our get-out plays.
"But we will be hoping to get a reasonable amount of possession to go through a few phases ourselves against hostile opposition.
"The main thing is to play with a bit of composure."
Nielson Webber, the former Barnstaple captain who starred at centre for the All Blacks last season, is expected to be at the match but will not play after injuring his knee during the England Counties tour of Belgium in June.
Saturday's match, which kicks off at 2.30pm, will be played in 20-minute quarters.