Nottingham Rugby complete their British and Irish Cup
commitments on Saturday 18th January (1pm kick off) as
they take on Plymouth Albion at Meadow Lane.
The Green and Whites battled bravely against Munster in Ireland
last week but, despite a strong performance, were unable to secure
the victory to keep their chances of qualifying alive going into
this final round of group fixtures.
Nottingham Backs Coach, Ben Johnston, will be in charge on
Saturday and he revealed that the whole camp will take a lot out of
"It was a good performance over in Munster with the boys really
fronting up. They were determined to put in a shift after the
defeat to Ealing in our previous league match and you could see the
hunger and desire in the players throughout the match.
"It was a very physical match played at a high intensity and we
weren't found wanting. Our defence was excellent and took
some breaking down. The scores which took the result away
from us were down to two very impressive bits of play from Munster
which would have broken down most defences."
With Nottingham not able to progress to the quarter finals of
the cross border competition, it could be argued that there is
little for them to play for. Johnston, however, says that is
definitely not the case.
He continued, "Firstly we have a responsibility to the
competition to give it our all. We then have a responsibility
to ourselves and our fans to go out there giving it our all to
win. Perhaps most importantly though, is the need for us to
continue the momentum we built in Ireland so that we're in the best
possible shape going into our next league match at Bedford.
"If we can take a win into that match it will be great for our
confidence, so we won't be lying down on Saturday that's for
Nottingham have made a couple of changes to their pack ahead of
the visit of Plymouth. Tom Price is replaced in the second
row by Neilus Keogh while Will Skuse comes into the back row in
place of Brent Wilson. Tom Calladine takes over the captaincy
for this match.
Nottingham team to face Plymouth Albion:
15) Andrew Savage
14) Ryan Hough
13) George Catchpole
12) Joe Munro
11) Olly Woodburn
10) Matthew Jarvis
9) Sean Romans
1) Ryan Bower
2) Alun Walker
3) Harry Williams
4) Neilus Keogh
5) Dan Montagu
6) Will Skuse
7) Kiefer Laxton
8) Tom Calladine (C)
16) Campese Ma'afu
17) Laurence Brown
18) Michael Holford
19) Morgan Eames
20) Finlay Barnham
21) Rory Lynn
22) Alfie Molloy