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Montagu to make 100th appearance against Llandovery

DAN Montagu will make his 100th appearance for Nottingham as three big guns are recalled for the Green and Whites' British and Irish Cup show-down with Llandovery at Meadow Lane tomorrow (Saturday, January 19 - 8pm kick-off).


Montagu, in his second spell with the RFU Championship club, will have all the more reason to celebrate the milestone if Nottingham secure the comprehensive win needed to top Pool 8 and earn a spot in the quarter finals of the cross-border competition.


Hooker Joe Duffey, prop Matt Parr and full back Andrew Savage will make their first appearances since the turn of the year in the final group game of the competition.


Savage returns from a knee injury, after nearly two months on the sidelines, while Parr reclaims a starting spot after breaking his finger earlier this month.


Parr teams up with loosehead prop Ryan Bower in the front row, with Duffey slotting in at hooker after serving a six-match ban.


Lock Nic Rouse takes over from Brent Wilson as captain with the flanker named on the bench for the Cup clash.


Tom Calladine replaces Wilson at outside flanker with Alex Shaw moving off the bench to his familiar role at No. 8.


David Jackson, who scored his 100th try for the club in last week's narrow win over Doncaster that kept Nottingham's quarter final hopes alive, is elevated to the starting XV and moved onto the right wing. After being rested for the trip to Castle Park, Joe Munro is named at outside centre.


Despite the snowfall and cold snap that has encompassed Nottinghamshire this week, the weather has not derailed match preparations. Ben Johnston, who again stands in for Martin Haag as Head Coach, oversaw the outfit's final training session on artificial turf at Central College Nottingham yesterday.


Johnston refuses to let the weather  or the required match scenario to cloud the minds of his players. Nottingham must score a bonus-point victory, win by 10 or more points in the process and deny the visitors a competition point if they are to leapfrog the Welsh side into the next stage.


"If we think about how many points we need to win by, how many tries we have to deny them, it will only act as a distraction," Johnston said.


Nottingham Rugby will hold a pitch inspection today (Friday, January 18) at 3pm ahead of the game against Llandovery.


The ground staff prepared for the bad weather that hit the city this week by putting the frost covers on the pitch last week.


If a second inspection is needed it will be conducted on Saturday morning.


Nottingham Rugby team to face Llandovery at Meadow Lane on Saturday, January 19 (8pm kick-off): 15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Matt Parr 2 Joe Duffey 3 Ryan Bower 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse (c) 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Tom Calladine 8 Alex Shaw.


Replacements from: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Jonny Harris 18 Joe Quinn 19 Brent Wilson 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Joe Cobden.


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