SOUTH African hooker Shaun Malton relishes the
opportunity to test himself against RFU Championship leaders
Newcastle after penning a deal with Nottingham.
The 22-year-old (pictured) has agreed terms to stay
at Meadow Lane for the rest of the season having completed a
short-term contract with Premiership side London Irish.
The former Sharks under-21 Currie Cup captain, and young
Springbok and South African schoolboys representative made one
substitute appearance for Exiles in the Premiership before moving
to the East Midlands.
Malton has been brought straight into Nottingham's match day 22
to travel to Kingston Park for the top of the table meeting on
Friday (November 4, 8pm kick-off).
It is the sort of clash that the product of the highly-regarded
Sharks Academy savours.
"It's always best to play against the best," Malton said.
"Games like this is how you get to see where you stand in the
competition and see if your game is up to the standard.
"I've not seen a lot of Championship rugby but know it is
forwards orientated which I like, getting in smashing it up and
"And from what I saw in the way we performed at the weekend
against Bristol, we can really play running rugby at the same
Malton has got used to life at the Green and Whites Lady Bay
training base quickly, having worked with the side in the lead up
to last weekend's resounding 63-7 win over Bristol.
"There is a nice vibe in the camp, things are going great for
Nottingham right now," Malton said.
"I spent time with the boys over the weekend and they are a
Haag is pleased with how Malton has seamlessly gelled with the
"Shaun has fitted in great and comes to us in great shape," Haag
"It will take a while for him to get used to our systems, but
ultimately he is the type of player we are looking for going
forward, he is match fit, got great skills and had a good
"It makes competition for that hooker's position really intense
with Joe Duffey, Scott Wright and Ollie Taylor all there."