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Nottingham Tranformed for Plymouth

NOTTINGHAM Rugby has overhauled its entire starting XV for Saturday's RFU Championship trip to The Brickfields.

Full back David Jackson, out since late last year with a shoulder injury, former young England international Alex Shaw (pictured), who has battled an ankle problem, and winger Rhys Crane, returning from a broken jaw, slot straight into the side.

Shaw run

Prop Matt Parr, who returned to action in Nottingham's run-away 40-14 win over Doncaster mid-week, is promoted off the bench to face Plymouth.

Captain Craig Hammond also reclaims his spot after moving aside for Brent Wilson against the Knights and former England international Ayoola Erinle has been quickly recalled after being rested against Doncaster.

The shuffle of stars ensures that the Green and White will have one of the most explosive benches in the Championship when they meet Albion.

Japanese international James Arlidge, fresh from his 25 point haul against Doncaster, fleet-footed Argentine Juan Socino, man of the match against the Knights, Nic Rouse, and Tongan international Sione Kalamafoni will come on a big impact options.

Nottingham director of Rugby Glenn Delaney has jumped at the rare opportunity to use his squad to the fullest of its potential, resting players en masse.

Those who ran riot against Doncaster - Jonny Harris, Joe Duffey, Ryan Bower, Lee Morley, Filipo Levi, Brent Wilson, Sean Romans, Jack Cobden, Tim Streather, Andrew Savage and Alex Lewington - have all been given the weekend off.

"It was always going to be a squad effort to get through these next two weeks and four games," Delaney said.

"You are obviously not in a bad position when you can name a bench like this and have the sort of talent come into the XV."

While talk of recent weeks has been about the constant rescheduling of Nottingham's home fixtures because of a frozen pitch, the lengthy delays has left Delaney with the strongest squad he's had at his disposal during his tenure.

Jackson, Crane and Shaw have all used the time to their advantage.

"They have been doing their work getting fit, healthy and to the ready to be recalled like this," Delaney said.

"We've missed a lot of rugby so far this year, but that has given guys time to get up to speed. Sure, there is going to be rustiness, we have to be honest about that, but it's not like they have been training just this week because they have been involved in sessions for a while now."

Nottingham team to face Plymouth: 1 Parr 2 Holloway 3 Prescott  4 Hammond 5 Green  6 Cooper 7 Eggleshaw 8 Shaw  9 Jones 11 Crane 10 Hallett 12 Mama 13 Erinle 14 Penn 15 Jackson.

Replacements: 16 Taylor 17 Shields 18 Kalamafoni 19 Rouse 20 Barnham 21 Arlidge 22 Socino. 


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