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Nottigham Head to Headingley

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 they're developing."

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.



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