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Nottingham 19 vs London Welsh 46 - Match Preview

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Nottingham Ready for the Big Kick-Off Against London Welsh

Nottingham Rugby have completed their preparations ahead of their first home match of the season against London Welsh on Sunday (Kick-off 3.15pm).  The Oxfordshire based Exiles return to Meadow Lane following their season in the Aviva Premiership for what is being billed as 'The Big Kick-Off'.

The Green and Whites began their season in impressive fashion with a 24-16 victory against Leeds Carnegie with a performance that was built on some excellent defensive work and some clinical finishing.

Head Coach Martin Haag commented, "It was a good performance against Leeds.  The team worked very hard in defence and we took a couple of the opportunities that came our way.

"Realistically, it could have been 31-9 had we made the most of the lineout we had on their line.  They then scored a very good try from behind their own posts which makes the scoreline look less comfortable than it ended up being.

Looking ahead to this Sunday, Haag says that Nottingham face a "massive challenge" against Welsh.

He said, "London Welsh are looking a tremendous team with a good squad, who play a good style of rugby.

"They are very physical so it will be a massive challenge for us at home and one we are looking forward to."

"There's plenty for us to work on and we can certainly improve.  They'll be amongst the favourites for the league and I expect it to be a good game for the fans."

Nottingham go into the match relatively unchanged from their previous outing.  The only change sees Matthew Jarvis return from illness to replace Rory Lynn at fly half.

The front row that caused Leeds all sorts of problems continues, with Michael Holford and Campese Ma'afu either side of Jon Vickers.  Neilus Keogh and Dan Montagu start at lock while Rupert Cooper, Captain Brent Wilson and Alex Shaw make up the back row.

Sean Romans continues at scrum half while centres Joe Munro and George Catchpole look to continue the development of their promising partnership.

Ryan Hough, a try scorer last week, is joined by Edward Styles and Andrew Savage in a back line that looked dangerous with the ball in hand on the opening day.

On the bench, Scott Wright replaces Ollie Taylor, Tom Price replaces Harry Wells and Rory Lynn swaps places with Jarvis.

Nottingham Rugby Team to Face London Welsh

15) Andrew Savage
14) Edward Styles
13) George Catchpole
12) Joe Munro
11) Ryan Hough
10) Matthew Jarvis
9)   Sean Romans
1)   Campese Ma'afu
2)   Jon Vickers
3)   Michael Holford
4)   Neilus Keogh
5)   Dan Montagu
6)   Rupert Cooper
7)   Brent Wilson (c)
8)   Alex Shaw

Replacements

16)   Scott Wright

17)   Harry Williams

18)   Ryan Bower

19)   Tom Price

20)   Joe Burton

21)   Harrison Lee-Everton

22)   Rory Lynn