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All change for Leeds ahead of Nottingham clash

21 February 2012

  • Only two players remain from team that lost to Esher on Sunday
  • They will field their strongest possible side - Edwards
Leeds Carnegie's Diccon Edwards

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Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Diccon Edwards has named a much changed side for Wednesday afternoon's re-arranged fixture at Nottingham.

Only two players, skipper Jacob Rowan and winger Lee Blackett, remain in the starting line-up from the side that lost to Esher at home on Sunday.

Edwards spoke to Leedscarnegie.com ahead of the midweek game at Lady Bay Sports Ground.

How are you approaching the midweek fixture?

It is an opportunity for the players who were not involved against Esher on Sunday to show that they can perform to the level that we expect of them and show why they believe they should be in the starting line up for us come the play offs. We need to make the best use of our squad with three games in six days and we will travel their confident that the squad selected can produce the performance required and likewise the squad selected for London Welsh on Saturday will also need to match that. It is obviously not ideal to have to play midweek games but that is the position both ourselves and Nottingham find ourselves in and we must make the most of this opportunity.

What sort of side are you expecting from Nottingham?

I think they will field their strongest possible side. Looking at their selection for last weekend’s win at Plymouth, they showed a lot of changes from the team that had a great win over Doncaster last Wednesday. I am expecting the team we face to be more like the squad selected for the Doncaster clash with their big name players returning for this game.

Having said that, they will take a lot of confidence from the fact that they won at Plymouth despite all those changes and that is a good indicator for us and how we need to perform. Bristol aside, Nottingham have the most experienced squad in the Championship. They, like ourselves, have ambitions to be in the Premiership and both teams will see this week as a good launch pad for the play offs.

How is your team shaping up?

Leeds Carnegie skipper Dan Cole

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Unfortunately Sean Hohneck has picked up a neck injury that will keep him out of this week whilst Scott Freer has had a minor clear up on a knee injury that will keep him out of action for three weeks. We have rotated most of the players who started against Esher but the squad is still in strong position. We are without Dominic Barrow, Chris Walker and Tommy Bell who are away with the England U20 squad whilst a number of our injured players like Mike MacDonald, Lachlan MacKay, Danny Paul and Stevie McColl are not quite ready to return to action.

Jacob Rowan will lead the side which is a great opportunity for him to once again show that part of his game whilst in Lee Blackett, we have an experienced head in the backline who as a senior player will give us focus and commitment for a tough clash with Nottingham.

Nottingham

Andrew Savage, Alex Lewington, Tim Streather, Juan Socino, Jack Cobden, James Arlidge, Sean Romans; Jonny Harris, Joe Duffey, Ryan Bower, Lee Morley, Nic Rouse, Sione Kalamafoni, Brent Wilson (Capt), Filipo Levi

Replacements: Matt Holloway, Matt Parr, Ben Prescott, Craig Hammond, Phil Eggleshaw, Finlay Barnham, Andrew Forsyth

Leeds Carnegie

Christian Georgiou, Lee Blackett, Ollie Richards, Jordan Davies, Oli Denton, Joe Barker, Robbie Shaw; Gareth Denman, Phil Nilsen, Cameron Zeiss, Dan Hemingway, Richard Beck, Ed Williamson, Jacob Rowan (Capt), Alex Rieder

Replacements: Andy Titterrell, Mo Mustafa, David Young, Jon Pendlebury, Ryan Burrows, Craig Hampson, Will Cliff