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Preview: Bristol Rugby v Nottingham

Bristol Rugby v Nottingham
Ashton Gate
Friday, March 6th, 7.45pm

Nottingham look to end a run of four straight league defeats when the Green & Whites visit Ashton Gate on Friday (7.45pm kick-off).

Martin Haag's side - who remain in fourth position and on course for a play-off place despite the barren run of form - went down 14-16 to Cornish Pirates in their last outing.

Nottingham - who moved to the Lady Bay Sports Ground on a permanent basis in January - have also suffered defeats to Jersey, Worcester and Yorkshire Carnegie in recent weeks, although they began 2015 with three successive wins.

In the last outing between the two sides, Bristol Rugby overcame Nottingham 27-13 in a bonus point victory.

Jack Wallace and Auguy Slowik crossed during a tight first period, before Olly Robinson’s close-range effort midway through the second half edged the visitors ahead.

Luke Eves went over in the dying seconds to secure maximum points at Meadow Lane.

Following Friday's clash, Nottingham welcome Moseley to The Bay on Saturday, 21 March.

Team News

Jack Lam is set for his first outing since October when Nottingham visit Ashton Gate on Friday (7.45pm kick-off).

The Samoan international recovers from a shoulder injury to start in the back row for the Greene King IPA Championship clash.

Robinson fields nine full internationals in his starting line-up, as Tommaso Benvenuti and David Lemi return to the back-line.

Bristol make a total of six changes from the side that overcame Doncaster, as Anthony Perenise is included in the pack, while Ryan Jones joins fellow British Lion Ian Evans in the second row. Nick Koster comes into the back row in place of Marco Mama.

Ben Mosses returns to the 22-man squad and is included among the replacements.

Bristol Rugby team to face Nottingham at Ashton Gate on Friday, 6 March (7.45pm kick-off):

Jack Wallace; Tommaso Benvenuti, Gareth Maule, Gavin Henson, David Lemi; Matthew Morgan, Dwayne Peel (c); Jack O’Connell, Ross McMillan, Anthony Perenise, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones, Nick Koster, Jack Lam, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Ben Glynn, Josh Ovens, Nicky Robinson, Craig Hampson, Ben Mosses.

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