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Nottingham determined to build on league success

Alex Shaw says Nottingham are determined to pick up from where they left off in the league.

Alex Shaw _Jack Bradford _v _Llandovery

The Green and Whites return to full-strength for the trip to the Brickfields to face Plymouth and will be keen to bounce back to winning ways after successive losses in the British and Irish Cup.

Despite the losses, Shaw said Nottingham will be travelling full of confidence having climbed to third spot on the RFU Championship ladder with big home wins at Meadow Lane over Jersey and London Scottish before the two week cross-border competition hiatus.

Shaw said: "Losing two on the bounce is never a positive thing, but this week has been completely concentrated on Plymouth and our record in the league.

"We know we can bounce back with a good performance this week after a lot of different things were tried and a lot of changes were made in the Cup games."

The shot of optimism comes in the form of the 11 changes to the starting XV.

Shaw moves back to No. 8 with Dan Montagu shuffling into the second row to rejoin Nic Rouse.

Captain Brent Wilson and flanker Rupert Cooper team up with Shaw in the back row. Props Matt Parr and Michael Holford anchor the pack alongside Joe Duffey once again.

The first choice half back partnership of Sean Romans and James Arlidge is reunited, as Andrew Savage takes his place at full-back and the evergreen David Jackson gets the nod on the right wing.

Centre Joe Cobden's strong performance against Llandovery on the opening day of the Cup sees him replace the injured Tim Streather. Alex Lewington makes his first appearance for Nottingham this season, coming in for the injured Rhys Crane.

The inclusion of centre Jack Bradford on the bench is a clear indication that Nottingham head coach Martin Haag got a significant insight into the depth and breadth of talent at his disposal.

Shaw added: "A lot of positives came from those losses.

"There are a lot of players that didn't play a lot of minutes before the Cup games, and now they have the benefit of seeing some very tough action and going through the patterns as well."

Nottingham Rugby team to face Plymouth at the Brickfields on Saturday, October 27 (3pm kick-off):15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Joe Cobden 12 Joe Munro 11 Alex Lewington 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 Shaw.

Replacements from:16 Scott Wright 17 Jonny Harris 18 Joe Quinn 19 Tom Calladine 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Jack Bradford.



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