Fly half Rory Lynn was delighted he had the chance
to play against Leeds Carnegie, after an illness for Matthew Jarvis
gifted him the opportunity to start in Nottingham Rugby's win at
Jarvis's late illness dented Nottingham's plans and Martin Haag
was forced in to switching his first choice fly half, presenting
the 20- year-old with the chance to pull on the Green & White
It wasn't until 15 minutes before kick-off that head coach Haag
called upon the former Leicester Tigers player, but replacement
Lynn, who made his senior debut for Leicester at 17, wasn't
He said: "It was a little bit of a shock, but I knew on the bus
that Jarvis was ill so I kind of had a bit of a heads up about the
chance of playing, but I didn't know I was playing until I got to
the changing rooms before the warm up."
Lynn - who made six starts for Nottingham last season - admitted
he was battling with his nerves prior to arriving in Doncaster.
"I was a little bit nervous, but I was probably more nervous on
the coach when I knew I had a chance of playing, but when you get
to the game you focus and get on with the job.
"I've had a good pre-season so I was prepared for it and I've
done all the training in the week so, if somebody in my position is
to drop out, I can just slot in. You don't want anybody to miss out
through illness, but, admittedly, I was just happy to get a
Lynn recognises there are more senior figures ahead of him so
he's not banking on retaining his place for this Sunday's match
against London Welsh; however, he is ready to perform again once
the chance arrives.
"I don't know if I'll be selected. I had a good pre-season as
well as the game against Leeds, so it's just a case of training
well and then it's up to the coaches.
"I've got to keep on doing the right things in training, keep
playing well and putting my name in the hat. After that it's
down to the coaches."
Head coach Martin Haag was impressed with Rory's display.
He said: "Rory did very, very well in difficult circumstances
but he's been playing all pre-season and knows our stuff so it's
not an issue and I was really pleased.
"Rory was prepared because we have a saying here that goes, 'you
know, no matter if you're playing or not you have to be ready.' So
it's important for those guys, who aren't playing as much, to know
their stuff, they have to know their plays and they have to know
what's expected of them because they will be called upon at some
Despite a good start to Nottingham's Greene King IPA
Championship campaign, Lynn knows the team will need to improve as
the season progresses.
The fly half added: "It was very satisfying just to get the win.
There are quite a few things we can work on. We didn't take our
opportunities to kill them off and it allowed them to come back
into it towards the end of the match. But, saying that, it's
the start of the season and those things are going to be worked on
throughout the year."