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Backs Return For Ealing Test

17th March 2017

Three Nottingham Rugby backs return from injury to start this Saturday, as the Green & Whites travel to face play-off chasing Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way (3pm kick-off).

All back to full fitness, Vili Hakalo, Billy Robinson and Will Millett all claim a place in the starting XV, for what promises to be a fast-flowing, attacking affair, on the West London club's 3G surface.

Just two changes are made to the pack, with prop Ben Hooper replacing Will Stuart at tighthead and number eight Shane Buckley coming in for Josh Poullet.

On the bench, prop Tom West, lock Toby Freeman and winger Alex Goble all make welcome returns to the squad.

With just three league games now remaining, all taking place away from The Bay, Ian Costello's side will be aiming end the season on a high, but they know that they will have to be at their best to halt and in-form and free-scoring Ealing side, who put 84 points on Scarlets Premiership Select, in last weekend's B&I Cup quarter-final.

The Green & Whites' last league win came against the Trailfinders, back in November, with Two second-half tries from centre Vili Hakalo helping Nottingham to a 17-13 victory.

Team to face Ealing Trailfinders: 15) Will Millett, 14) Billy Robinson, 13) Oli Evans, 12) Vili Hakalo, 11) James Stephenson, 10) Tiff Eden, 9) Darryl Veenendaal, 1) Owen Hills, 2) Jimmy Stevens, 3) Ben Hooper, 4) Tom Holmes, 5) Ben Morris, 6) Jordan Coghlan, 7) Matt Everard (C), 8) Shane Buckley. Replacements: 16) TJ Harris, 17) Will Stuart, 18) Tom West, 19) Toby Freeman, 20) Josh Poullet, 21) Murray McConnell, 22) Alex Goble.


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