- Green and Whites looking to progress past group stages
- Delaney confident in young academy players
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Nottingham Rugby will have a quick turnaround from Friday’s victory against Esher when they contest their first British and Irish Cup fixture of the season on Wednesday (September 21).
Doncaster Knights will be visiting Meadow Lane to kick off the competition in good spirits following their win against Moseley on Sunday.
With two Championship wins under their belt already this season, Nottingham will go into the match with intentions of extending their winning streak.
Last year saw the Green and Whites bow out of the British and Irish Cup in the group stage but the team will be hoping to go better this time around.
We are excited about how this team can perform - Delaney
Glenn Delaney, Director of Rugby, said: “Team selection for Wednesday night has centred on giving players an opportunity to play, whilst maintaining the desire to progress in the competition. Our academy provides seven of the starting XV which is testament to our development ethos at the club.
“John Widdowson has developed a high class environment which has enabled these young players to progress to their debut starts in competitive first team action. The team is augmented by Matt Shields, who joined from Tyndale this season, and Jo Munro, who joined from Loughborough.
“Finlay Barnham will captain the team from scrum half and joins Joe Cobden in an exciting team of halfbacks. The team is completed with Jethro Rawling, making his first start, and Ben Pienaar, Richard de Carpentier and Dante Mama, who are all dual-registered with Leicester for the season.
“Doncaster will be a very tough challenge but we are very excited about how this team can perform and come together. “
Kick-off is at 7.45pm and tickets are available on the gate priced at just £18 for adults, £13 for concessions and £4 for Under 16s.
1) Keiron Stone
2) Oli Taylor
3) Matt Shields
4) Tom Calladine
5) Mitchell Todd
6) Richard De Carpentier
7) Jethro Rawling
8) Ben Pienaar
9) Finlay Barnham (Captain)
10) Joe Cobden
11) Ryan Hough
12) Jack Bradford
13) Jo Munro
14) James Stokes
15) Dante Mama
16) Charlie Clare
17) Neil Fowkes
18) Jonny Baird
19) Rupert Cooper
20) Joel Haigh
21) Juan Pablo Socino
22) Jack Cobden