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