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Jackson to make history

NOTTINGHAM Rugby stalwart David Jackson will re-claim the mantle as the Green and Whites' most capped league player on Sunday.

Jacko v Moseley

The 30-year-old (pictured) has been elevated to the starting XV for his milestone 267th appearance for the club, named on the wing for the RFU Championship match against Rotherham at Meadow Lane Stadium.

Jackson is no stranger to holding records, having long topped the league appearance list before being surpassed by former captain Craig Hammond last season.

When the evergreen back joined the action at Billesley Common last week, seeing out the 28-17 win over Moseley, he equalled his old skipper and close friend's mark.

 As Jackson prepares to start his first match of the season and first since Hammond left the club to take up a coaching post in Hong Kong, the man best known as 'Jacko' paid tribute to a teammate he considers a true club legend.

"I think it was fitting that Hamo left the club with the record, he made a huge impression on this club and city," Jackson said.

"We played a majority of our games together and I loved playing with him by my side. But with any milestone like this, it comes with time. What I'm most focused on this week is getting that third win of the season against Rotherham."

Nottingham head coach Martin Haag was proud to pay tribute to the ultimate one club man who first started playing in the green and white when he picked up a rugby ball as a mini.

"To play 267 games, let alone just in the league, is a fantastic achievement," Haag said.

"What it does is show the loyalty he has to Nottingham and his desire to help us do well. I'm sure he is going to play the record down and will want to win this weekend's game much more.

"It's important on Sunday that we put in a performance that will do him proud."

Jackson comes in to replace Mansfield up-and-comer Ryan Hough, forming part of a hugely experience backline which sees Tim Streather take his place in the centres ahead of last week's two try performer Joe Cobden.

An eye injury has also forced Haag to shuffle his forward pack, with Michael Holford moving across to loosehead and dual registered Leicester Tiger Ryan Bower making his first start of the season.

Haag opts for a five forwards and two backs split with props Matt Shields and Tigers dual registered 21-year-old Jonny Harris named in the 22-man squad for the first time in the 2012/13 campaign.

Nottingham Rugby team to face Rotherham at Meadow Lane Stadium on Sunday, September 16 (3pm kick-off):

15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Michael Holford 2 Joe Duffey 3 Ryan Bower 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson 8 Alex Shaw.

Replacements from: 16 Jimmy Stevens 17 Jonny Harris 18 Matt Shields 19 Joe Quinn 20 Tom Calladine 21 Finlay Barnham 22 Rory Lynn.



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