First Team

O’Connell back for Notts visit

Sean O'Connell v BristolSean O’Connell is back in action for the first time since early February when Ealing Trailfinders take on Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship at Vallis Way.

The number 8 has been out of action since the 18-18 draw away to Cornish Pirates on 2 February, but is now back to full fitness and he will pack down in between captain Mat Evans and Alex Bradley in the back row on Saturday.

O’Connell’s return means that Adam Preocanin moves forward into the second row, where he will link up with Gavin Curry, while Tim Brockett, Ryan Storer and Andrei Radoi make up the front row.

The backline is unchanged from the one which helped secure a four-try bonus point away to Bristol Rugby last time out.

Fullback Andrew Henderson will be out to try and repeat the brace of tries he scored at the Memorial Stadium and once again he has wings Phil Chesters and Chris Kinloch either side of him.

Ronnie McLean and Tom Bedford pair up in the centre, with McLean eyeing a repeat of his brace of tries the last time the two sides met. Ben Ward and Morgan Thompson are the familiar half-back duo.

Ealing Trailfinders v Nottingham, Saturday 12 April, 15.00 kick-off
15 Andrew Henderson
14 Chris Kinloch
13 Ronnie McLean
12 Tom Bedford
11 Phil Chesters
10 Ben Ward
9 Morgan Thompson
1 Ryan Storer
2 Andrei Radoi
3 Tim Brockett
4 Adam Preocanin
5 Gavin Curry
6 Mat Evans (captain)
7 Alex Bradley
8 Sean O’Connell
Reserves
16 Richard Townsend
17 Steve Neville
18 Conor Carey
19 Steve Pape
20 Ed Siggery
21 Tom Parker
22 Billy Robinson