NIC Rouse is relishing the chance to lead Nottingham in
Sunday's (February 24) British and Irish Cup Pool 8 show-down
STEP UP: Nic Rouse
will captain Nottingham in the crunch Cup clash against Llandovery
on Sunday. PIC: Steve Galloway.
The lock, 32, will captain the Green and Whites in the game that
will determine which team progresses to the quarter-finals of the
cross-border competition. Flanker and regular skipper Brent Wilson
will be rested for the match.
Rouse is no stranger to captaining the side, having taken on the
part-time responsibilities in his first spell with the club before
moving to the Premiership with Sale.
Nottingham can top the group and earn a spot in the
knock-out stage of cup if they score a
comprehensive bonus-point win over the
Welsh visitors. But a four-try bonus will not be
enough alone, with the Green and Whites needing to deny the
visitors a losing bonus point of any sort.
"It is always a great honour," Rouse said.
"This is a big occasion for me because I haven't skippered
Nottingham for a few years now, but it is also a huge game for the
club on Sunday as we fight to top the group and win a place in the
"It is a great game to come back to Meadow Lane for, because
everyone is hungry to get out there and play. We are still focused
on bouncing back from the loss at London Scottish and we are even
more determined after the debacle at Jersey last week."
Changes to Nottingham's hierarchy don't stop with Rouse's
promotion, as forwards coach Neil Fowkes is again named as head
coach Martin Haag's replacement for the day.
Fowkes and backs coach Ben Johnson have shared head coaching
duties between them throughout the Cup campaign.
Last time the 32-year-old took the reins of the Green and
Whites, the East Midlands club stormed to a 54-24 win over Scottish side
"I've only taken charge of one game, but a 100 per cent record
does sound pretty good," Fowkes said.
"This is certainly one great opportunity for me and great stage
to prove myself - a lot is riding on this