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Nottingham Looking For Another Stirling Effort

Nottingham Rugby are looking for another big performance when they take on Stirling County in the British and Irish Cup on Friday (13th December) at Meadow Lane.

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The Green and Whites were impressive in victory against the same opposition last weekend, securing a 50-7 win to put themselves back into contention in Pool 4 of the cross border competition.

Neil Fowkes will take over the reins as Head Coach for this match and he's looking forward to the challenge.  He said, "The match last weekend saw a good all round team performance with forwards and backs integrating well with each other.  The nature of our tries showed the variety we had to our play, with a push over from a driving maul followed by a flowing move through the hands from one end of the pitch to the other.

"We'll certainly not be taking anything for granted on Friday night despite the margin of victory last time out.  We've approached the game in the same way we would any other and have prepared thoroughly as we aim to secure another victory.

"Performances in general have been improving week on week, with all the new faces in the squad bedding in, getting to grips with our style of play and working together as a unit.  It's been good to see that happening and we've started to give a good account of ourselves."

Nottingham have made a number of changes for the match after rotating their squad last week.  Both props change, with Ryan Bower and Michael Holford coming in for Campese Ma'afu and Harry Williams.  Tom Price comes into the second row in place of Morgan Robinson-Eames while Tom Calladine and Brent Wilson return on the flanks with Kiefer Laxton and Jake Barron making way.

Both half backs are changed, with Finlay Barnham and Rory Lynn starting at 9 and 10 respectively.  Joe Munro and Ed Styles come back into the centre while Andrew Savage starts on the wing.

Nottingham Rugby and Stirling County Teams for tomorrow's match


Nottingham Rugby vs Stirling County
Matthew Tait 15 Brian Archibald
Andrew Savage 14 Matt Lamb
Ed Styles 13 Richie Vernon
Joe Munro 12 Danny Gilmour
Ryan Hough 11 Rory Hughes
Rory Lynn 10 Fraser Lyle
Finlay Barnham 9 Henry Pyrgos
Ryan Bower 1 Kris Burney
Jon Vickers 2 Reyner Kennedy
Michael Holford 3 Colin Hutton
Neilus Keogh 4 Ruaridh Leishman
Tom Price 5 Euan Dewar
Tom Calladine 6 Struan Robertson
Brent Wilson (c) 7 Shaun McDonald
Joe Burton 8 Steve Swindall
Campese Ma'afu 16 Jamie Bhatti
Alun Walker 17 Ross Murray
Harry Williams 18 Will Bordill
Kiefer Laxton 19 Jack Dunn
Sean Romans 20 Andy Watt
Matthew Jarvis 21 Joff Hope
Jacob Knight 22 Craig Robertson




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