RHYS Crane returns to Nottingham's wing for their first
RFU Championship game of 2013 after being sidelined with a niggling
calf strain in late December.
WING IT: Rhys Crane
is back fit for Nottingham's first game of 2013.
Crane's inclusion for the trip to Clifton Lane to face Rotherham
is one of three changes made to the Green and Whites starting side
that overcame Moseley on December 23.
Tom Calladine's impressive form as an impact player in recent
weeks is rewarded as he takes his place at No. 8. Alex Shaw, who
has started every league game to date this season, moves onto the
Jonny Harris comes in for Matt Parr at loosehead prop.
England under-20 lock Tom Price joins the Leicester Tigers
dual-registered contingent at Meadow Lane and is poised to make his
debut off the bench.
Nottingham head coach Martin Haag anticipates a difficult trip
to Clifton Lane to face the side that inflicted the first loss of
the season on the Green and Whites at Meadow Lane in September.
"With every game we test ourselves, our skills, character and
belief and that is what we will need huge amounts of at Rotherham.
It is another game on our journey," Haag said.
"We don't read into what happened last time. That was a long
time ago, they played well that day and a lot has changed since
Nottingham starts the New Year sitting in third place on the
Championship ladder, five points ahead of Cornish Pirates with a
game in hand.
Haag is aware of the strong chasing pack just outside the top
four, and chooses to ignore them to concentrate all attention on
the short trip to Yorkshire.
"We can't control what Cornish Pirates are doing, what Bristol
are doing, Newcastle or Leeds or Doncaster, we can only control how
we perform and the only thing we are concentrated on is Rotherham,"
"The only pressure that we have is on ourselves, the pressure to
perform, individually and collectively."
Nottingham Rugby team to face Rotherham at Clifton Lane
on Saturday, January 5 (2pm kick-off):15 David Jackson 14
Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James
Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Jonny Harris 2 Shaun Malton 3 Michael
Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson 8
Replacements from:16 Scott Wright 17 Ryan Bower
18 Tom Price 19 Alex Shaw 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Joe Cobden 22 Andy