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Jack Cobden Set to Make 100th Nottingham Appearance

JACK Cobden will make his 100th appearance for Nottingham after earning a recall to the starting XV for Sunday's (February 24) British and Irish Cup crunch match against Llandovery.

 Jack Cobden Donny action

Cobden (pictured), 23, who first featured for the Green and Whites on loan in 2008, comes in for David Jackson on the left wing for the Pool 8 decider.

Forwards coach Neil Fowkes, who will be in charge for the cup tie, is excited to have the former England under-20 World Cup representative at his disposal for the must-win clash at Meadow Lane (2.15pm kick-off).

"It is a great occasion for Jack to make a milestone appearance," Fowkes said.

"He has been at the club a while now and 100 appearances is a great achievement, because he has had to perform at a high level for a long time to get there.

"I want to see him grasp this opportunity and really kick-on for the rest of the season."

It is one of four changes made to the side from the match day 22 that was named to take on Jersey last week.

Back-row forward Phi Eggleshaw is poised to make his first appearance this season, having undergone shoulder surgery in the opening weeks of the campaign.

After more than six months on the sideline, Fowkes is eager to test the 24-year-old in the game of high stakes.

"Phil has worked long and hard to get back into the side, and as the coach for the weekend I benefit because it is like having a new player in the squad," Fowkes said.

Nottingham needs a comprehensive bonus-point win over the Welsh Principality Premiership side to top the group and progress to the quarter-finals. The Green and Whites also need to keep the visitors quiet, with Llandovery needing only a losing bonus-point to progress to the knock out stage of the cross-border competition.

Prop Matt Parr, flanker Brent Wilson and centre Joe Munro are all rested for the Pool 8 decider.

Jonny Harris comes in at loosehead and Andy Forsyth slots in for Munro at inside centre and Tom Calladine is promoted to openside flanker for Wilson.

 Fowkes said: "If we get the performance right, this team can get us through to the quarter-finals."

Nottingham Rugby team to face Llandovery at Meadow Lane on Sunday, February 24 (2.15pm kick-off):15 Andrew Savage 14 Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Andy Forsyth 11 Jack Cobden 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Jonny Harris 2 Joe Duffey 3 Michael Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Tom Calladine 8 Alex Shaw.

Replacements from:16 Shaun Malton 17 Ryan Bower 18 Joe Quinn 19 Phil Eggleshaw 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Joe Cobden.


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