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Nottingham vs Munster - Match Preview

Nottingham Rugby welcome Irish giants Munster to Meadow Lane on Friday 24th October in round 3 of the British and Irish Cup (8pm Kick Off) aiming to improve their accuracy after narrow defeats in their first two matches of the competition.

Munster Preview

The Green and Whites lost 22-14 away at Moseley last weekend despite dominating possession for large periods of the match.  This followed a last gasp defeat to Worcester in their last outing at home.

Nottingham forwards coach, Neil Fowkes has assumed the mantle of head coach for this match as Martin Haag continues his policy of delegation in the Cup.

Fowkes said, "We've taken a lot of positives out of the two matches we've played in the competition so far but at the same time there is disappointment that we haven't managed to get a win on the board yet.  There have been a lot of strong performances from the young players we've introduced but ultimately there is a frustration that we've not been able to make the most of the opportunities we've had.

"Winning is a habit and we need to find that habit again.  That starts by playing to our strengths and improving the accuracy of our execution when we get opportunities.  Munster are a very good side with plenty of talent in their ranks, so the competition certainly doesn't get any easier, but having said that, we ran them close in both matches last season and have traditionally given a very good account of ourselves when we've played them.

"We've made a number of changes to the line-up this week with a number of the senior players returning after a couple of weeks' rest.  The aim is to get a positive result from the match while building momentum for the continuation of the league campaign.  It'll be a great test, but the squad is ready and confident and we're all looking forward to it."

Nottingham team to face Munster:

15) Billy Robinson
14) Ryan Hough
13) Ed Styles
12) Javiah Pohe
11) Pila Iongi
10) Dan Mugford
9)   Sean Romans

1)   George Porter
2)   Shaun Malton
3)   Michael Holford
4)   Toby Freeman
5)   Morgan Eames
6)   Brent Wilson (c)
7)   Matt Everard
8)   Paul Grant

Replacements:

16) Conor Carey
17) Ben Brownlie
18) Rupert Cooper
19) Tom Calladine
20) Alex Smit
21) Will Maisey
22) Joe Munro

Any media wishing to attend the match should contact Nik Emmonds - nik@perfectmotion.org or call 0115 9683320.