NOTTINGHAM have received a major boost ahead of their
play-off semi-final second leg with star back Andrew Savage and
versatile forward Dan Montagu committing their futures to the
Versatile forward Dan Montagu (inset) and flashy back Andrew
Savage (main) have signed contract extensions with Nottingham
Rugby. PICS: Steve Galloway.
Savage, 26, who is among the most capped active Green and
Whites players with 147 appearances since 2006, has scored nine
tries in 17 games this term.
Montagu, 29, has impressed on his return to Meadow Lane this
season by reinventing himself in the second row. The Australian,
who made his name as a barnstorming No. 8 in his first spell with
the East Midlands club before moving to Bristol, has made 28
appearances in all competitions this season and 109 games in total
for the club.
Nottingham head coach Martin Haag said the experienced pair will
have major roles to play next season.
"I'm delighted that they have both signed as it is important for
the continuity of the club and team - I look forward to seeing them
continue to put that Nottingham jersey on," Haag said.
"They have been integral to the success of this club this season
and are hungry for more.
"Both have demonstrated that they are quality players and as
this club moves forward they can become leaders of this team.
"It is important that they pass on their extensive knowledge
about Nottingham Rugby and share the ethos and culture that we are
trying to develop."
Montagu, who played 81 games in his first three years spell with
Nottingham, said: "I've always enjoyed playing here and I want stay
on and help push this club forward.
"We have had a great season and it is not done yet - I have a
lot more than just another year at Meadow Lane to look forward to
"With Martin Haag coming on board for another two years it was
an easy decision to make - he has come in and put this club in the
right place and got us playing good rugby under his
Savage, who is intent on returning from injury for the play-off
final if Nottingham are successful tonight, said: "I'm
excited to stay on to work under Martin and (backs coach) Ben
Johnston who really emphasise playing a brand of rugby that I like
and I want to be part of it going forward.
"I'm happy with the season I've had from the very start, I've
felt fitter, I've worked hard with fitness and conditioning coach
Jo Brun and we are playing a system of rugby that suits me down to
"I'm happy with the season that I've had personally and as a
team and I'm looking forward to kicking on with Nottingham."