Nottingham Rugby have finalised their squad for the
upcoming Greene King IPA Championship season which gets underway on
Saturday 14th September with the Greene King IPA Big
The Green and Whites will be relying on a tightly-knit squad as
they look to build on their second place finish in the league and
play-off semi final appearance of last season.
Following the departures of several members of the squad through
retirement or transfer at the end of last season, Nottingham have
brought in like for like replacements in the key areas of the team
with the focus on young, promising talents who already have
experience under their belts.
New signings Jon Vickers (Hooker), Campese Ma'afu (Prop), Nelius
Keogh (Lock) and Matt Jarvis (Fly Half) have been put through their
paces with the rest of the squad by Strength and Conditioning coach
Jo Brun as they look to be in the optimum physical condition for
the season ahead.
Chief Executive Simon Beatham said, "There's a new spine to the
team and I'm really excited by the prospect of seeing what they can
"It was probably the right time for those players that have left
to move on and these new ones have got a fresh perspective and will
bring in that ambition and will help shape the team for this
"The king is dead, long live the king!"
Beatham has ruled out more new signings for the upcoming season
because the club has drastically cut its budget, apart from
dual-registered players and student players to reinforce the
"There will be some new players coming in, but they will be
additions to the squad, that's the best way to describe it, with a
mixture of dual-registered players and students," he added.
It means Haag is going to have to work with a smaller squad,
having led the Greens to their highest-ever finish in the
Championship of second place and into the play-off semi-finals last
"This coming season all the key players that have gone we've
replaced with ones we believe will be as good," said Beatham.
"The profile has changed, so they are younger players, but they
are very ambitious.
"The reason they have come here is because Nottingham has a
fantastic reputation so they have come to prove themselves.
"Martin has worked really hard on the recruitment side and his
reputation as a coach is very high.
"We just haven't got the numbers, so we're a little reliant on
not getting too many injuries, but I would take our team against
any side in the Championship.
"Our depth of squad isn't quite as good as it has been
previously, but the team is as good as it was last year, if not
"We will absolutely be competitive, we just haven't got that
depth of squad and you get injuries in rugby so that is out of our
control if you like.
"The calibre of our core group is as good as it was last
To celebrate the successful completion of the first stage of
their preparations, the players enjoyed a barbeque with Harvest
Pale Ale, supplied by Castle Rock Brewery.
The players are now enjoying a well deserved 'rest-week' before
getting back into pre-season where the introduction of a rugby ball
will be welcomed by all.
Confirmed Nottingham Rugby Squad for 2013/14 Season to
Wilson, Brent (c)