Cambridge Rugby Head Coach Richie Williams has revealed his squad ahead of tomorrow night’s away clash with Nottingham, with no changes to the 15 from round five.

Currently sitting in third place, Nottingham’s famous Friday night lights match will prove no easy feat for Cambridge, but Richie Williams is determined to come away with points in round six;

“Our objective remains the same going into this match; to gain some much-needed points to pull us clear of bottom placed team London Scottish.”

“Last week we produced some controlled attacking rugby in the opening 40 minutes and trailed Bedford 12-17 at half time. Tries by Matt Dawson and Geordie Irvine had given us a small lead as our application was the most consistent it has been all season.”

“I felt that we were able to contain a strong Bedford team and restrict the number of attacking opportunities. As a result, we only conceded two tries and a penalty.”

However, it is implementing these successes for the whole 80 minutes that Cambridge now need to focus on;

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t replicate the same level of control, energy or tactical discipline in the second half and Bedford were able to show their attacking intent and prowess to win the game 59–17. Again, we were disappointed not to get four tries and to pick up at least a try scoring bonus point.”

A number of experienced players returned to the fold last week against Bedford and will once again line up in round six;

“I was pleased to see Gareth Baxter and Kieran Frost being so influential again in the second row, we have missed Gareth for the last four weeks. I was also encouraged by the performances of prop Huw Owen and back row forward Matt Dawson, who seems to be returning to the form which he showed at the beginning of last season.”

Looking closely at their opposition this week, Williams commented;

“Nottingham are another team that have made a positive start to the season, already securing wins against Caldy and Hartpury. However they also lost two close encounters away at Doncaster and at home to Ealing.”

“Similarly to Bedford, they are a very strong attacking team and have an extremely dangerous back three. In winger David Williams, they have one of the league’s best try scorers.”

Of his own squad, Williams is pleased to welcome back his Captain who returns to the sheet as a replacement whilst maintaining the core of last week’s squad.

“We welcome back captain George Bretag Norris to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury. He is the only change to the match day 23 and he replaces Noah Sloot.”

Tickets to the clash are still available via the Nottingham Rugby website or on the gate.

Cambridge will return home for one last match pre-Christmas on Saturday 16 December, welcoming Coventry to Ellgia Fields. Tickets are on sale now so don’t miss out. Visit the Cambridge Rugby Club website.

Cambridge line-up:

15| Eli Caven

14| Kwaku Asiedu

13| Tom Hoppe

12| Sam Hanks

11| Matt Hema

10| Jamie Benson

9| Sam Edwards

1| Huw Owen

2| Morgan Veness

3| Billy Walker

4| Kieran Frost

5| Gareth Baxter

6| Ben Adams (c)

7| Matt Dawson

8| Geordie Irvine


16| Willie Priestley

17| Harry Morley

18| Jake Ellwood

19| George Bretag Norris

20| Jared Cardew

21| Kieran Duffin

22| Steff James

23| Joe Green