Nottingham Rugby return to Greene King IPA Championship action
on Saturday (28th December) as they travel to Headingley
to take on Leeds Carnegie.
The Green and Whites enjoyed two victories in over Stirling
County in their last two outings in the British and Irish Cup and
will be looking to continue in the same vein against one of the
form teams in the league.
Nottingham Head Coach Martin Haag said, "Our performances have
been improving week on week and we want to keep improving. We
know we'll have to be at our best against a very good Leeds side
who have been in and around the top four positions all
season. They secured an excellent victory away to Bristol and
are one of the form teams at the moment.
"We know it will be hugely competitive game and we've shown that
we are capable of competing with the top sides in this
league. We just need to keep doing the little things better
as we aim to climb up the table."
Haag takes over the reins again after delegating Head Coach
duties to his assistants Ben Johnston and Neil Fowkes for the
matches against Stirling.
"I was very impressed with the way Jono (Johnston) and Fowkesy
(Fowkes) managed the side in their respective weeks. They
each managed the build up to the matches really well and impressed
in the match situations too. I'm really pleased with how
Nottingham go into the match still missing a number of first
team players due to injury. The recent retirement of David
Jackson adds to a list of players that includes Shaun Malton, Joe
Cobden, Rupert Cooper and Alex Shaw.
The Green and Whites go into the match with a strong pack and
name Joe Burton at Number 8. In the backs, Haag has made a
few changes from the match with Stirling. Sean Romans comes
back in at scrum half and George Catchpole returns in the
centre. Ed Styles moves to the left wing, with Ryan Hough
named on the bench. Henry Purdy comes in on right wing which
sees Andrew Savage move to full back.
Nottingham team to face Leeds Carnegie:
15) Andrew Savage
14) Henry Purdy
13) George Catchpole
12) Joe Munro
11) Ed Styles
10) Rory Lynn
9) Sean Romans
1) Campese Ma'afu
2) Jon Vickers
3) Michael Holford
4) Neilus Keogh
5) Dan Montagu
6) Tom Calladine
7) Brent Wilson (c)
8) Joe Burton
16) Ryan Bower
17) Alun Walker
18) Harry Williams/Kiefer Laxton*
19) Morgan Robinson-Eames
20) Finlay Barnham
21) Matthew Jarvis
22) Ryan Hough
*Kiefer Laxton may be named in the match day 22 following a late
fitness test on one of the currently named players.