Stephenson Back For Boxing Day Yorkshire Clash

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Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Ian Costello has made four changes to his starting line-up for the Boxing Day visit of Yorkshire Carnegie to The Bay (2pm kick-off), including the return of winger James Stephenson.

Stephenson has recovered from an injury which has kept him out of the last two matches, whilst lock Toby Freeman, centre Charlie Thacker and winger Calum Hall are also added to the starting XV for Nottingham’s final home fixture of 2016.

Currently sitting in fourth place in the Greene King IPA Championship, the Green and Whites are undefeated in four of their last five Championship games, having toppled Richmond, Bedford Blues and Ealing Traifinders, before drawing at home to Rotherham Titans and losing narrowly away at London Welsh.

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Costello’s side then came out of the fortnight of British and Irish Cup fixtures, with a home win and away defeat against Richmond to show for their efforts.

Second-placed Yorkshire will be a stern test of Nottingham’s metal, with the Leeds-based side having lost only one of their league games so far this season, which was against the current league leaders London Irish.

Back in September, tries from Tom Heard, Murray McConnell, Jimmy Stevens and Josh Poullet almost helped to secure a first ever away victory over the Yorkshiremen, but the home side managed to hang on to a 26-24 win.

Team to face Yorkshire Carnegie:
15) Billy Robinson
14) Calum Hall
13) Charlie Thacker
12) Vili Hakalo
11) James Stephenson
10) Lawrence Rayner
9) Murray McConnell
1) Kieran Davies
2) Jimmy Stevens
3) Ben Hooper
4) Toby Freeman
5) Morgan Eames
6) Ben Morris
7) Matt Everard (C)
8) Shane Buckley

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Replacements:
16) TJ Harris
17) Tom West
18) Tom Heard
19) Josh Poullet
20) Rob Langley
21) Darryl Veenendaal
22) Joe Cobden

Advanced seated and discounted standing tickets are still available to purchase via the club’s online ticketing website until midnight on Christmas Day (25th December)

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