TIM Streather says Nottingham have to do the double over
Melrose in the next eight days if they stand any chance of
progressing to the second stage of the British and Irish
And the centre
(pictured) is proud to lead the charge, named captain for
Friday night's must-win encounter at Meadow Lane Stadium (7.45pm
Streather insists Nottingham can fight their way out of trouble
in Pool 8, despite sitting bottom of the group with a solitary
The Green and Whites have named a powerful side to face the
two-time defending Scottish Premiership champions, with props Matt
Parr and Michael Holford leading a pack that includes Dan Montagu,
Rupert Cooper and Alex Shaw.
Triple centurion David Jackson will again feature at full back
with Nottingham top try scorer Rhys Crane making his first Cup
"We have four games to turn it around, and that is four wins we
have to get," Streather said.
"It hasn't been a great start for us in the Cup but we have the
team to turn that around.
"It is weird to play the same side in back-to-back weeks like
this, but the aim is the same - we have to win it."
The biggest change for Nottingham this week is again the
hierarchy, with forwards coach Neil Fowkes handed the reins by head
coach Martin Haag.
Backs coach Ben Johnston was acting boss in the opening Cup game
this season, with the competition used as part of the coaching
That, however, has not taken away from the RFU Championship
club's intent on getting back on track in the cross-border
competition after losses to Doncaster and Welsh side
Fowkes makes five changes to the starting side that got bogged
down in the 11-10 defeat to the Cornish Pirates last week.
Hooker Shaun Malton, second row Joe Cain and centre Andy Forsyth
make their first starts for Nottingham this season.
Teenage fly half Rory Lynn partners experienced No. 9 Sean
Romans while Japan international James Arlidge is afforded the
Flanker Tom Calladine replaces captain Brent Wilson, who takes
his place on a strong bench with Ryan Bower, Finlay Barnham, Scott
Wright, Joe Quinn, Joe Cobden and Ryan Hough.
For those intending on making the trip to Meadow Lane,
Nottingham has planned the first of two festive celebrations, with
a themed food and drink offer, entertainment from the Sherwood
Spitfires Cheerleaders and a Christmas performance from the
Nottingham Music School Orchestra.
It promises to be a great Friday night out with group ticket
offers available in both the Derek Pavis (5 ticket for £75) and
Haydn Green (5 tickets for £50) stands still available. For further
information visit: www.nottinghamrugby.co.uk
or call the club on 0115 907 0070.
Nottingham Rugby team to face Melrose at Meadow Lane
Stadium on Friday, December 7 (7.45pm kick-off):15 David
Jackson 14 Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Andy Forsyth 11 Rhys
Crane 10 Rory Lynn 9 Sean Romans 1 Matt Parr 2 Shaun Malton 3
Michael Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Joe Cain 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Tom
Calladine 8 Alex Shaw.
Replacements from:16 Scott Wright 17 Ryan Bower
18 Joe Quinn 19 Brent Wilson 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Joe Cobden 22