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