NOTTINGHAM prop Matt Parr has
recovered from an eye injury to reclaim his starting spot
against Bedford on Saturday (September 22).
FEET: Matt Parr will be back in action against Bedford.
PIC: Alison Bowden.
The inclusion of the seasoned
loosehead sees Michael Holford shuffle across to tighthead and
Ryan Bower move back to the replacements bench in what is the
only change to the Green and Whites starting XV that was
beaten by Rotherham last week.
The 27-16 home loss to the Titans has done nothing to panic
Nottingham, with the outfit determined to bounce back
immediately against the Blues.
Having secured back-to-back wins to start the campaign, forwards
coach Neil Fowkes has the utmost confidence in the side
responding the right way against the RFU Championship high
"By no means are we ripping up everything we have done these
past couple of weeks because of a loss," Fowkes
"We showed what we were capable of against Leeds after a slow 20
minutes, using the maul to get into the game and setting the
platform for the backs. Against Moseley we put another good
60 minutes together to grind out a tough win.
"We all talk about producing an 80 minute performance and that's
precisely what we need, because for 60 minutes against
Rotherham we were comfortably in it."
The letdown of conceding their first loss at home has been a
powerful motivator at Nottingham's Lady Bay training ground
"Some boys came in last week and were hugely disappointed in how
they performed personally.
There was a good realisation with where we are at," Fowkes
"In terms of selection it would be difficult to say 'that is
your one chance gone' and change things immediately. No, they
know what they have to do this week and we have kept the faith in
"There has been a good mindset at training all week with a real
buzz about getting back out there, because everyone from the
coaching team down wants to put things right."
As for the solitary change, Parr's early season form was too
good to ignore.
"With how Matt performed in those first two league games, and
the experience he brings to that front five, as soon as he was
100 per cent fit he was going to be back in the team," Fowkes
The only other changes to the match day 22 is the inclusion of
newly signed hooker Scott Wright from Sedgley and the recall
of centre Joe Cobden to the bench.
No matter who is named to do the job, Fowkes stressed that the
Green and Whites cannot fall victim to their own mistakes
A spate of second half errors curtailed Nottingham's chances
against Rotherham, culminating in blunders that led directly
to both of the visitor's tries.
"We've spoken about it a lot and seen it on the match footage
plenty of times. We did a lot of things that made it hard for
ourselves," Fowkes said.
"What we must do is stick to our systems, stay with the
programme and follow through with the game plan."
Nottingham Rugby team to face Bedford at Goldington Road
on Saturday, September 22 (3pm 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 Michael
Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent
Wilson 8 Alex Shaw.
Replacements from: 16 Scott Wright 17 Ryan Bower 18 Joe Quinn 19
Tom Calladine 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Joe