Sweeping changes for Knights ahead of Nottingham test

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BRETT Davey has made five changes to his starting line-up for the visit of Nottingham on Saturday.

The Knights director of rugby has selected a new-look front row as he searches for a sixth straight win at Castle Park.

Stuart Corsar, Steve Boden and Alex Brown all drop to the bench with Andy Brown, Jack Yeandle and Royce Burke-Flynn coming into the front row.

Mike Whitehead and Andy Boyde replace Oli Goss and Latu Makaafi in the starting XV.

Davey told the Free Press earlier this week he believes the visit of Nottingham is a massive game for the Knights.

Although the Meadow Lane side currently lie in seventh in the Championship, Davey considers them to be among the four best teams in the division.

Nottingham are sure to be strong in the kicking department with Japan international fly-half James Arlidge having recently returned from the World Cup while Kieran Hallett is the third highest points scorer in the Championship this season. Also available is Argentine Juan Pablo Socino who averaged ten points per game last term for Rotherham Titans.

Another returnee from the world cup for the Green and Whites is Tongan back row Sione Kalamafoni who was man of the match in their victory over France.

Doncaster Knights team to face Nottingham: David McIlwaine, Dougie Flockhart, Tom Luke, PJ Gidlow, Michael Keating, Mike Whitehead, Chris Hallam, Andy Brown, Jack Yeandle, Royce Burke-Flynn, Matt Challinor, Dominic Parsons, Andy Boyde, Zack Farivarz, Chris Planchant.

Replacements: Stuart Corsar, Steve Boden, Alex Brown, Latu Makaafi, Michael Noone, Lee Audis, Oli Goss

Nottingham: Matt Parr, Joe Duffey, Ben Prescott, Craig Hammond, Nic Rouse, Sione Kalamafoni, Richard De Carpentier, Alex Shaw, Nathan Jones, James Arlidge, Jack Cobden, Juan Socino, Ayoola Erinle, Alex Lewington, Kieran Hallett.

Replacements: Jimmy Stevens, Michael Holford, Matt Shields, Lee Morley, Phil Eggleshaw, Finlay Barnham, Charlie Hayter.