Nottingham Rugby’s young talent will once again be given the opportunity to shine when they face Doncaster Knights for the final match of the Championship Cup pool stage on Saturday.

While the results may not have gone the Green and Whites’ way over the past six weeks, Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Neil Fowkes feels there have been positives to build upon, including the opportunity given to the club’s up and coming players.

The Green and Whites’ strong link with Nottingham Trent University makes up around a quarter of the playing squad, with players participating in professional rugby alongside their studies.

Head Coach Neil Fowkes, feels their input is vital to his side’s success, he said: “I am delighted with how the younger members of our team have grasped the challenge of playing a very high standard of rugby in a highly competitive competition.

“The team that plays this weekend has a mix of youth and experience, with younger members of our squad who play in the BUCS Super League week-in-week-out taking the step up to play in the Cup.

“We know we have the opportunity to qualify for the next round but our focus on putting in a good performance against a tough Doncaster side.”

Full team to face Doncaster Knights:

15. David Williams
14. Caetano Branco
13. Alex Goble
12. Luke Peters
11. Harry Graham
10. Gearoid Lyons
9. Murray McConnell (C)
1. Jamie Jack
2. Joe Roe (short term signing)
3. Oisin Heffernan
4. Llewelyn Jones
5. Seb Cecil
6. George Cox
7. Will Owen
8. Josh Poullet


16. Jake Farnworth
17. Aniseko Sio
18. Mike Daniels
19. Shane Buckley
20. Jordan Coghlan
21. Will Sutton
22. Max Craven

Nottingham Rugby’s next home match sees them face Coventry in the return of the Championship on Sunday 23 December. Advance tickets can be purchased here.