NOTTINGHAM hooker Joe Duffey will play his 200th
game for the club against RFU Championship leaders Newcastle at
Meadow Lane tomorrow night (Friday, March 22 - 7.45pm
DOUBLE TON: Nottingham cult figure Joe Duffey
will play his 200th game for the club against Newcastle. Pic:
Notching up the double ton in the biggest home game of the
season to date - the second-versus-first showdown with the Falcons
- is a fitting stage for the tough and uncompromising Kiwi.
Duffey is in the second year of his third spell with the club,
having first joined the Green and Whites in 2003.
While a man of few words, the 30-year-old didn't need to say
much to express how much the milestone moment means to him.
"That many games, 200, is a really big achievement. I'm proud to
play so many games for Nottingham," Duffey said.
"I've been with this club for so long - from starting out at
Beeston to playing here at Meadow Lane.
"It has been a great ride."
Duffey is rejoined in the front row by Matt Parr, with the
loosehead prop recovering from a leg injury.
The only other change head coach Martin Haag makes for the
Falcons' first ever trip to Meadow Lane - and Newcastle's first
appearance in Nottingham since 1996 - is recall centre Tim
Streather, who has recovered from a hamstring niggle.
Haag said: "Streather has been playing very, very well but got
injured and that opened the door for Joe Cobden to get a few games
and he performed well. We also have Andy Forsyth going well and
really at this time of year we are in a good place with players fit
and fighting for spots in the starting XV.
"Parr obviously got injured and Jonny Harris came in and did
exceptional work for us and it is probably a bit hard to leave him
out, but that was always the plan.
"Going forward it is always about who plays well, and this week
it is good to have some fresh legs in there because we have had a
couple of short turn arounds in the past few weeks."
Nottingham's clash with the Falcons has generated record
pre-sales with more than 1,700 tickets already snapped up for the
Advanced ticket sales close at 12noon today (Thursday, March
21), but tickets will still be available on the gate on match day
for the main Derek Pavis Stand.
Call Nottingham Rugby HQ on 0115 907 0070 for more details.
Nottingham Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons at
Meadow Lane Stadium on Friday, March 22 (7.45pm
15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro
11 Alex Lewington 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 Andrew Forsyth.