Nottingham Rugby captain Tom Holmes in squad for Carnegie test

After more than a year on the side lines through injury, Green and Whites club captain, Tom Holmes, will return to action tomorrow under the Friday Night Lights when Nottingham Rugby take on Yorkshire Carnegie at The Bay.

Holmes’ return is not the only good news for Fowkes’ team, who are boosted by England international Tom Varndell in the backs and Wasps’ Tim Cardell and Leicester Tigers’ Sam Lewis in the pack.

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Luke Cole and Gearoid Lyons also start, replacing Ben Brownlie and Will Millett.

A spell of injuries in the forwards has taken its toll on the Green and Whites results in recent weeks, with Nottingham still searching for their first win of 2019.

However, despite the poor run of form, the East Midlands side still sit in sixth place in the Greene King IPA Championship table.

Speaking ahead of the match, head coach Neil Fowkes said: “I’m pleased to see Holmsey back in contention for the first team after such a long spell out with a knee injury.

“He’s such an important player for us on and off the pitch and his positive role in the dressing room plays a major part in the togetherness of our team.

“The lads have been working incredibly hard to put right the mistakes shown over the past few weeks and I am looking forward to seeing a reaction from the boys tomorrow.”

Full team to face Yorkshire Carnegie:

15. Sean Scanlon
14. David Williams
13. Luke Peters
12. Will Millett
11. Tom Varndell
10. Shane O’Leary
9. Murray McConnell (C)
1. Jamie Jack
2. Luke Cole
3. Oisin Heffernan
4. Sam Lewis
5. Tim Cardall
6. Shane Buckley
7. Will Owen
8. Jordan Coghlan

Replacements:

16. Ben Brownlie
17. George Thornton
18. Cecil MacCarthy
19. Tom Holmes
20. Josh Poullet
21. Darryl Veenendaal
22. Alex Goble

Advance tickets for the game can be purchased via nottinghamrugby.co.uk.