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7:02am 30th November 2013

The Cornish Pirates face the latest in a tough run of games.

The lads are up at Nottingham in the Championship on Sunday, knowing they have not won at Meadow Lane for three years.

Head coach Ian Davies says the lads are getting ready to dig deep: " They're a dangerous side because of the links they've got with the Leicester Tigers so you never know what you're up against until the day. But we know their set piece will be strong so we've got to match or better that to allow our backs to run on the good surface.

"It's a tough battle up front, they've brought in some boys from Leicester for this week as well so it'll be a different focus for us now. But also a bit of excitement for us, because it's a good track up there. It's a football pitch so it's a well-manicured pitch so it means we can move the ball around."

There are three changes in the pack. Kieran Davies is named at loose-head prop for what will be his first Championship 'start', James Sandford will partner Neale Patrick in the second-row, and selected at No. 8 is James Phillips, who joined up with the Pirates on loan from Exeter Chiefs this week.

Ian Davies added: "Disappointed to have narrowly lost at Rotherham last week, Nottingham will likely feel confident of winning at home, whilst for us it's a matter of focusing on achieving a victory on the road by defending stoutly, which is a must, and to also, importantly, display confidence in attack."

Team News:

Cornish Pirates:   15 Craig Holland, 14 Kieran Goss, 13 Tom Riley, 12 Rheon James, 11 Matt Evans, 10 Angus Sinclair, Gavin Cattle (capt); 1 Kieran Davies, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Peter Joyce, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 James Sandford, 6 Chris Morgan, 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 James Phillips.

Replacements:   16 Rob Elloway, 17 Ben Prescott, 18 Will Graulich, 19 Joel Conlon, 20 Tom Kessell, 21 Kieran Hallett, 22 Mike Pope.

Elsewhere Launceston welcome Bournemouth in National Two and Redruth face the unknown as they make the trip to Ampthill.

It is the first time the two clubs have met.

The hosts are second in League Two.

Red's head coach Ashley Morcom says they are looking forward to it: "Obviously it's a hard place to go and we don't know what to expect. We know a few of their players, they've got a lot of senior players who've got a lot of experience.

"They're the sort of side that seem to be winning their home games quite convincingly and picking the odd away win up as well. they're in second place, there's obviously a reason why they're in second place, so we've got to go up there this weekend with the intention of spoiling their party."

7:02am 30th November 2013

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