NOTTINGHAM'S Phil Eggleshaw will make his
long-awaited comeback from injury in tonight's Development
Team clash with the Blues Academy (Tuesday, January 29 7.45pm
Eggleshaw has trained strongly in recent weeks and gets his first
game with the development team.
The back-row forward has spent the first 14 rounds of the RFU
Championship season on the sideline after having shoulder
He returned to full-contact training in the first week of 2013
and will use the trip to Bedford to gain much needed match
Nottingham will play an under-21 XV, but have agreed with the
Blues to include a number of overage players. The Blues
outfit, made up predominately by 18 and 19-year-olds, will be
strengthened by four or five of last year's Academy squad.
Green and Whites backs coach Ben Johnston, who has taken charge
of two British and Irish Cup group games to date this season, will
oversee the development game.
Fly half Rory Lynn spearheads proceedings with fellow Nottingham
senior players Matt Shields, Scott Wright, Joe Quinn, Ryan Hough,
James Stokes, Jack Bradford and Alex Boggis called into the
Burton have released three players Ali Wheedon (second row),
Lewis Brooks (centre) and Dave Archer (wing) for the clash.
Mansfield youngsters Jordan Cleaver (full back) and Elliott
Gwynne (centre) lead a strong Nottingham Academy contingent while
Scunthorpe's Jake Barron, who spent a two-match loan spell at
Meadow Lane earlier this season, is recalled.
Nottingham Rugby under-21 team to face Bedford Academy
on Tuesday, January 29: PROPS - Ewan
Bartlett, Alex Boggis, Matt Shields; HOOKERS -
Scott Wright, Xavier Martin; SECOND ROW - Ali
Wheedon, Joe Quinn, Will Ward; BACK ROW - Jake
Barron, Ollie Barnes, Phil Eggleshaw, Josh Poulett; SCRUM
HALF - Will Cotterhill, Josh Gundry; FLY HALF
- Rory Lynn; CENTRES - Jack Bradford,
Elliott Gwynne, Lewis Brooks; WING - Ryan Hough,
Dave Archer, Grant Ward; FULL BACK - James Stokes,
Action kicks-off at the
Bedford Swift's ground, at the Bedford International Athletics
Stadium, Barker's Lane, MK41 9SB, Kick Off 7.45pm.