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Crane returns from injury to start for Nottingham against Bristol

RHYS Crane has recovered from injury and takes his place on the wing for Nottingham Rugby's RFU Championship encounter with Bristol at Meadow Lane on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Crane action v Rotherham

The 27-year-old's inclusion in the starting XV and prop Matt Shields' return to the bench are the only changes made by Green and Whites head coach Martin Haag after last week's win over Plymouth.

Crane (pictured) was voted Nottingham's player of the month for September before breaking his hand in the comprehensive win over Jersey in early October.

Haag wants to see more of the same from the fleet-footed back who ran in four tries in as many games before being sidelined.

"It is a great opportunity for Rhys to come straight back in and hopefully pick up from where he left off," Haag said.

"I'm glad to have Rhys back, but remember that Alex Lewington had a great game on the wing last week and both Jacko (David Jackson) and Jack Cobden have been performing well there in the past few weeks.

"Rhys knows he has to come in and perform because there are guys that are pushing for that place."

Last week's bonus-point victory over Plymouth at The Brickfields was enough for the East Midlands club to consolidate its place in the top three.

Haag said the only way to build on the win is to pick the come-from-behind victory apart, taking the good with the bad, and improving it against former Premiership side Bristol.

"The important thing is to keep going because once you are happy you get complacent," Haag said.

"One of our values is honesty and we are honest about our performances and there are things we can improve on and do better.

"We stood up defensively against Plymouth, but still we leaked missed tackles here and there.  We saw just how hard guys want to work for each other, how great team spirit is and the sort of composure we can play with at times."

Nottingham has guaranteed an explosive meeting with Bristol as the Green and Whites get into the Bonfire Night mood with a post-match fireworks display. Tickets for an action-packed afternoon of rugby and fireworks starts from £12 for adults and £1 for children.

Spectators who just want to watch fireworks can enter the ground at 4.15pm, with adults tickets on sale for £5 and children £1. The pyrotechnics shows starts at 5.30pm.

See full details below.

Nottingham Rugby team to face Bristol at Meadow Lane Stadium. Sunday, November 4, 3pm kick-off:15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Joe Cobden 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Matt Parr 2 Joe Duffey 3 Michael Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson 8 Alex Shaw

Replacements from:16 Scott Wright 17 Matt Shields 18 Joe Quinn 19 Tom Calladine 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Jack Bradford.


Match and fireworks: Adult tickets from £12 and juniors (under-16) from £1 - To watch the game and post-match fireworks, normal ticket prices apply (details here).

Fireworks only: Adults £5 and juniors (under-16) £1- To watch the pyrotechnic display undercover you can enter the ground at 4.15pm for a 5.30 start.

For the first time ever the Green and Whites will put on a Fireworks Party at Meadow Lane to usher in Bonfire Night a day early.

The pyrotechnic display on November 4 will follow what is sure to be a tense battle with Bristol.

Ticketing for match day and fireworks packages has been confirmed.

All normal ticket prices apply for the match (see here for a full list), with the post-match display an extra treat for all.

If you are simply looking for somewhere to watch fireworks undercover, you can enter the ground at 4.15pm with the display starting at 5.30pm. Adults can watch for £5 and juniors for a quid.


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