DAVID Jackson will join Nottingham Rugby's elite 300
Club on Sunday.
The 30-year-old (pictured) moves to full-back for the
milestone game at The Mennaye where the second placed Green and
Whites take on the Cornish Pirates (2pm kick-off).
His Green and White journey started 24 years ago as a minis
player and he has gone on to star for Nottingham at every
Along the way he has set the record for league appearances for
the 135-year-old club.
As the 14th Nottingham player to become a triple
centurion, Jackson distinguishes himself as a modern-day great of
the East Midlands club by joining the likes of former England
internationals Gary Rees and Simon Hodgkinson in the select
Jackson is the first player in more than decade reach the
milestone. The last to do so was Martin Freer who played his
354th and final game in April 2001.
Heading the list, with an appearance record that is unlikely to
be beaten, is Bob Pruden, who featured 430 times for the club
between 1949 and 1972.
Nottingham head coach Martin Haag, who is an authority on one
club commitment having featured more than 300 times for Bath, said
the landmark appearance is added incentive for Nottingham to
register their first win over the Pirates since February
"In this day and age of professional rugby, to play 300 games
for one club is a tremendous achievement," Haag said.
"In the past few weeks Jacko has played really well, he
continues to uphold high standards and it's up to everyone this
weekend to ensure we make it a winning milestone."
Jackson replaces Andrew Savage at full-back after the
25-year-old went down with a knee injury in training this week.
The re-shuffle of the back line sees winger Alex Lewington make
his second start of the season for Nottingham, having starred with
a try in his only outing to date against Plymouth last month.
Haag has recalled Michael Holford to the starting side ahead of
Ryan Bower after the 30-year-old prop returned from his short-term
loan with the Leicester Tigers this week.
Centre Andy Forsyth is poised to make his first appearance for
the Green and Whites this season. The 22-year-old hasn't featured
for Nottingham since being injured in last season's play-off draw
with Bristol at the Memorial Stadium.
This season he has lined up for Leicester in the LV= Cup and
featured in the Tigers' recent historic win over the touring Maori
All Blacks at Welford Road.
Nottingham Rugby team to face Cornish Pirates at The
Mennaye on Sunday, December 2 (2pm kick-off):15 David
Jackson 14 Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys
Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Marr 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