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Savage and Montagu commit to Nottingham Rugby

NOTTINGHAM have received a major boost ahead of their play-off semi-final second leg with star back Andrew Savage and versatile forward Dan Montagu committing their futures to the club.

Savage Montagu

STAR DOUBLE: Versatile forward Dan Montagu (inset) and flashy back Andrew Savage (main) have signed contract extensions with Nottingham Rugby. PICS: Steve Galloway.

Savage, 26, who is among the most capped active Green and Whites players with 147 appearances since 2006, has scored nine tries in 17 games this term.

Montagu, 29, has impressed on his return to Meadow Lane this season by reinventing himself in the second row. The Australian, who made his name as a barnstorming No. 8 in his first spell with the East Midlands club before moving to Bristol, has made 28 appearances in all competitions this season and 109 games in total for the club.

Nottingham head coach Martin Haag said the experienced pair will have major roles to play next season.

"I'm delighted that they have both signed as it is important for the continuity of the club and team - I look forward to seeing them continue to put that Nottingham jersey on," Haag said.

"They have been integral to the success of this club this season and are hungry for more.

"Both have demonstrated that they are quality players and as this club moves forward they can become leaders of this team.

"It is important that they pass on their extensive knowledge about Nottingham Rugby and share the ethos and culture that we are trying to develop."

Montagu, who played 81 games in his first three years spell with Nottingham, said: "I've always enjoyed playing here and I want stay on and help push this club forward.

"We have had a great season and it is not done yet - I have a lot more than just another year at Meadow Lane to look forward to right now.

"With Martin Haag coming on board for another two years it was an easy decision to make - he has come in and put this club in the right place and got us playing good rugby under his leadership."

Savage, who is intent on returning from injury for the play-off final if Nottingham are successful tonight,  said: "I'm excited to stay on to work under Martin and (backs coach) Ben Johnston who really emphasise playing a brand of rugby that I like and I want to be part of it going forward.

"I'm happy with the season I've had from the very start, I've felt fitter, I've worked hard with fitness and conditioning coach Jo Brun and we are playing a system of rugby that suits me down to the ground.

"I'm happy with the season that I've had personally and as a team and I'm looking forward to kicking on with Nottingham."


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