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Match Preview: Nottingham Rugby Vs Doncaster (H)

PROP Ryan Bower has been named as Michael Holford's replacement at tighthead for Nottingham's clash with Doncaster at Meadow Lane Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Bowzer front row

Bower (pictured left) makes his second league start of the campaign for the Green and Whites as cover for the 30-year-old who this week joined Premiership side Leicester on a short-term loan.

The change to the front row is one of four made by Nottingham head coach Martin Haag ahead of the inaugural Robin Hood Shield clash.

Lock Dan Montagu said Bower has effortlessly stepped up in training to show himself as a ready-made substitute for the experienced campaigner who has started all nine RFU Championship fixtures to date.

"Holfy has been doing a great job at tighthead but we have a quality prop in Bowzer coming in," Montagu said.

"Bowzer can step up, I've played with him before and he's shown himself to be extremely capable. I'm sure it will be a seamless change and one that isn't going to affect the side too much."

RFU Championship XV representative centre Tim Streather gets his first start for Nottingham since the first week of October, having recovered from injury.

Streather featured for Nottingham against Newcastle as a second half substitute recently. He went on to prove that he is back to his best last week, starting alongside Green and Whites teammates Rhys Crane and Nic Rouse in the representative clash with the Maori All Blacks.

Rupert Cooper reclaims his starting place ahead of Tom Calladine in the back row, with second rower Joe Cain named in Nottingham's match day 22 for the first time this season.

Cain is poised to make his first appearance for Green and Whites, named on the bench.

The 20-year-old former Melbourne Rugby Club junior came through the Leicester Tigers Academy and made his first senior appearance for the Premiership giants in the LV= Cup earlier this month.

Meanwhile, scrum-half Finlay Barnham returned to the Green and Whites Lady Bay training base this week after a short term loan with Premiership side London Irish.

Barnham was on the bench for the Exiles trip to Welford Road at the weekend, and while he didn't feature in the match he took the experience all in his stride.

"It was a great learning experience for me," Barnham said.

More than 1,500 junior and mini players from across Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire have signed up for Nottingham Rugby's special Clubs Day offer to watch Sunday's match. The family stand is expected to be packed to the rafters with the biggest crowd of the season anticipated.

The Robin Hood themed event has also generated plenty of other interest with the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Merlita Bryan, attending as a special guest.

Tickets are still available for the match and can be purchased by calling the Green and Whites ticket office on 0115 907 0070.

Nottingham Rugby team to face Doncaster at Meadow Lane Stadium on Sunday, November 25, 3pm kick-off: 15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Matt Parr 2 Joe Duffey 3 Ryan Bower 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson 8 Alex Shaw.

Replacements from: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Matt Shields 18 Joe Cain 19 Tom Calladine 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Joe Cobden.



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