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Jackson becomes a triple centurion for Nottingham

DAVID Jackson will join Nottingham Rugby's elite 300 Club on Sunday.

The 30-year-old (pictured) moves to full-back for the milestone game at The Mennaye where the second placed Green and Whites take on the Cornish Pirates (2pm kick-off).

Jackson 98th try

His Green and White journey started 24 years ago as a minis player and he has gone on to star for Nottingham at every level.

Along the way he has set the record for league appearances for the 135-year-old club.

As the 14th Nottingham player to become a triple centurion, Jackson distinguishes himself as a modern-day great of the East Midlands club by joining the likes of former England internationals Gary Rees and Simon Hodgkinson in the select group.

Jackson is the first player in more than decade reach the milestone. The last to do so was Martin Freer who played his 354th and final game in April 2001.

Heading the list, with an appearance record that is unlikely to be beaten, is Bob Pruden, who featured 430 times for the club between 1949 and 1972.

Nottingham head coach Martin Haag, who is an authority on one club commitment having featured more than 300 times for Bath, said the landmark appearance is added incentive for Nottingham to register their first win over the Pirates since February 2009.

"In this day and age of professional rugby, to play 300 games for one club is a tremendous achievement," Haag said.

"In the past few weeks Jacko has played really well, he continues to uphold high standards and it's up to everyone this weekend to ensure we make it a winning milestone."

Jackson replaces Andrew Savage at full-back after the 25-year-old went down with a knee injury in training this week.

The re-shuffle of the back line sees winger Alex Lewington make his second start of the season for Nottingham, having starred with a try in his only outing to date against Plymouth last month.

Haag has recalled Michael Holford to the starting side ahead of Ryan Bower after the 30-year-old prop returned from his short-term loan with the Leicester Tigers this week.

Centre Andy Forsyth is poised to make his first appearance for the Green and Whites this season. The 22-year-old hasn't featured for Nottingham since being injured in last season's play-off draw with Bristol at the Memorial Stadium.

This season he has lined up for Leicester in the LV= Cup and featured in the Tigers' recent historic win over the touring Maori All Blacks at Welford Road.

Nottingham Rugby team to face Cornish Pirates at The Mennaye on Sunday, December 2 (2pm kick-off):15 David Jackson 14 Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Marr 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 Shaun Malton 17 Ryan Bower 18 Joe Quinn 19 Tom Calladine 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Joe Cobden 22 Andy Forsyth

2012-11-30T11:50:00

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