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Nottingham Full-Back Savage Returns From Injury To Face Scottish

FULL-BACK Andrew Savage slots back into Nottingham Rugby's starting XV to face London Scottish on Saturday after more than two months out with injury.

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SAVAGE COMEBACK: Nottingham full-back Andrew Savage returns against London Scottish on Saturday after more than two months out with injury.

Savage's recall was prompted by injury to Rhys Crane who pulled up sore in training this week.

David Jackson, the versatile Green and Whites triple centurion who started five of the last seven games at full-back, moves onto the left wing as cover for Crane.

Savage,26, made a scintillating start to the campaign with six tries from 10 appearances before damaging his knee during training in late October.

While he returned to full-training duties in early January, the speedy back has had to be patient trying to force his way into a side on a six-match winning streak in all competitions.

Savage's inclusion is the only change made by Martin Haag to the starting XV that overcame Bedford last month to move clear second in the RFU Championship standings.

Centre Andy Forsyth, who scored a first-half try in Leicester Tigers' LV= Cup loss to Scarlets on Sunday, is recalled for Nottingham and takes his place on the bench.

The trip to The Athletic Ground is the first of two away games for the East Midlands club against sides fighting to move clear of the relegation zone. The Green and Whites will next week make an historic first visit to Jersey.

There might be six places and 26 points that separate Nottingham and Scottish on the league table, but Green and Whites prop Michael Holford still regards the side from the nation's capital as a major threat.

"We are in top form and full of confidence having just beaten Bedford, but it would all be worth nothing if we lose now," Holford said.

"Scottish gave Newcastle a good run and turned Bedford over, so they are the perfect example of a side that can beat anyone on their day."

Nottingham Rugby team to face London Scottish at The Athletic Ground on Saturday, February 9 (12.15pm kick-off): 15 Andrew Savage 14 Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 David Jackson 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 Shaun Malton 17 Ryan Bower 18 Joe Quinn 19 Tom Calladine 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Joe Cobden 22 Andy Forsyth.

2013-02-08T12:20:00

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