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Cobden Returns for Ealing

Nottingham Rugby returns to Greene King IPA Championship action on Saturday 12th April as they take on Ealing Trailfinders (kick off 3pm).

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The Green and Whites go into the match knowing that a victory will confirm their status in the Championship for the 2014/15 season.

A welcome boost ahead of the match is the naming of Joe Cobden on the wing for the game.  Cobden has been out all season as he recovered from a serious knee injury sustained at the back end of the last campaign and this is the first time he has been available for selection.

Nottingham Head Coach Marting Haag said, "It's great to see Joe Cobden back in the match day squad after a long absence.  He had hit a rich vein of form before his injury last season and it's always disappointing not to have a player with his talent available.

"Credit to Joe though, he has worked incredibly hard to get himself fit again and has kept his head up throughout the minor setbacks he experienced during his recovery.  He was determined to play this season which is a real testament to his character.  A lot of praise must go to the medical staff at the club and to Jo Brun (Strength and Conditioning Coach) for the amount of time they have committed to Joe's recovery."

Nottingham went down 28-27 when the two sides met at Meadow Lane in January despite having the better of territory and possession in the match.  Haag knows his team will have to be on top of their game from the first whistle to secure a result.

He said, "Our preparation for this match has been really good.  We had three good days to work on some technical elements and impart some key tactical information to the squad before having a couple of days off to freshen up.

"We know how important this match against Ealing is and our focus is on winning this match, if we do that, then other things will take care of themselves.  Our performances have been improving but the results haven't quite been there, so we know that we need a 'W' and our focus is on getting that this weekend.

"Ealing are at home and they're fighting for their lives in this division and we'll be expecting them to come out determined to win.  They'll be physical and they'll try to put us under pressure and I'd expect nothing else from a team in the situation they're in.  It should be a cracking game!"

Haag has made one change to his pack as Tom Calladine returns from injury to line up in the back row.  Toby Freeman moves back to the second row and Neilus Keogh drops out. 

The backs remain unchanged apart from Cobden's return on the left wing in place of George Catchpole.  Brent Wilson is still unavailable so Dan Montagu continues as captain.

Nottingham team to face Ealing Trailfinders:

15) Henry Purdy
14) Ryan Hough
13) Joe Munro
12) Javiah Pohe
11) Joe Cobden
10) Matthew Jarvis
9)   Sean Romans

1)   Campese Ma'afu
2)   Alun Walker
3)   Michael Holford
4)   Toby Freeman
5)   Dan Montagu (c)
6)   Rupert Cooper
7)   Tom Calladine
8)   Alex Shaw


16) Ryan Bower
17) Jon Vickers
18) Harry Williams
19) Joe Burton
20) Harrison Lee-Everton
21) Alfie Molloy
22) Jacob Knight


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