Nottingham Rugby: Three changes for visit of Hartpury

Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Ian Costello has made three changes to his side, as the Green & Whites look to return to winning ways at the first time of asking, against Greene King IPA Championship newcomers Hartpury RFC, at The Bay, on Friday evening (7:45pm kick-off).


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After suffering a narrow loss at local rivals Doncaster Knights last weekend, Captain Ben Morris returns to the back row, with Shane Buckley reverting to his more familiar #8 jersey.


Unavailable for selection at Doncaster, Irishman Rory Burke is chosen ahead of Will Stuart, at tighthead prop, with the Wasps loanee dropping to the bench, alongside Josh Poullet, who makes way for Buckley.


Once again, the battle for the starting scrum half spot remains fierce as ever, as Darryl Veenendaal is given the nod from Costello, ahead of Murray McConnell.


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With Hartpury coming into the game on the back of their first win of the season, at Rotherham Titans, last weekend, the match looks set to be an enthralling encounter, in what will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs.


Team to face Hartpury:

15) Sean Scanlon

14) Billy Robinson

13) Oli Evans

12) Gearoid Lyons

11) Joe Cobden

10) Tiff Eden

9) Darryl Veenendaal

1) Tom West

2) Ben Brownlie

3) Rory Burke

4) Tom Holmes

5) Danny Qualter

6) Ben Morris (C)

7) Jordan Coghlan

8) Shane Buckley



16) James Penman

17) Aniseko Sio

18) Will Stuart

19) Josh Poullet

20) Matt Everard

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21) Murray McConnell

22) Will Millett


All Nottingham Rugby Season Ticket holders and Hartpury match ticket holders are reminded that they also qualify for free entry to Nottingham Trent University’s opening BUCS Super Rugby fixture, against the University of Exeter, which kicks off at 4:45pm, at The Bay.


Students holding valid Student ID, can also purchase a £5 ticket, which gives them the opportunity to watch both games, via


Advance, discounted tickets remain on sale via the club’s official ticketing website, until midnight on Thursday.


Match day-priced tickets will then be available on the gate, from 6:15pm on the night of the fixture.