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Lynn Delighted With Start

Lynn At LeedsFly 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 Castle Park.

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 jersey.

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 fazed.

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 start."

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 point."

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."


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