Greens aim to topple Trailfinders at The Bay

Fourth place takes on second at The Bay, this Sunday, as Nottingham Rugby look to pick-up their third straight Greene King IPA Championship home win, as high-flying Ealing Trailfinders visit The Bay (3:00pm kick-off).


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After last weekend’s disappointing 30-12 defeat at the hands of Bedford Blues, head coach Ian Costello has made six changes to his starting XV, as the Green & Whites prepare to try and topple a Trailfinders team that has lost just one game so far this season.


Loosehead prop James Penman is handed his first start in Nottingham colours, whilst dual-reg Wasps tighthead Will Stuart is also added to the front row. Club captain Matt Everard also makes his first start, since last month’s B&I Cup clash with Bedford.

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Along the backline, David Williams makes a return to the left wing, in place of the absent Joe Cobden, whilst Gearoid Lyons and Sean Scanlon are slotted back in at centre and  fullback respectively.


After starting at Goldington Road last Friday night, prop Rory Burke, flanker Jordan Coghlan and centre Vili Hakalo all have to settle for a spot amongst the replacements this time around.


Honours were even in the two meetings between the sides last season, with a brace from Vili Hakalo and the boot of Mich Lam helping the Green and Whites to a 17-13 home win last November, whist Ealing exacted their revenge in a 59-12 victory at Trailfinders Sports Ground, back in March.

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Team to face Ealing Trailfinders:

15) Sean Scanlon

14) Billy Robinson

13) Oli Evans

12) Gearoid Lyons

11) David Williams

10) Tiff Eden

9) Darryl Veenendaal

1) James Penman

2) Jimmy Stevens

3) Will Stuart

4) Tom Holmes

5) Danny Qualter

6) Ben Morris

7) Matt Everard (C)

8) Shane Buckley



16) Ben Brownlie

17) Aniseko Sio

18) Rory Burke

19) Josh Poullet

20) Jordan Coghlan

21) Murray McConnell

22) Vili Hakalo


Advance, discounted standing and seated tickets remain on sale via the club’s official ticketing website, until midnight on Saturday.