Nottingham – Five Facts
Ealing Trailfinders return to league action when they take on Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship at Vallis Way on Saturday.
Find out all about Ben Ward’s team’s latest opponents here…
• There are two ex-Ealing Trailfinders players in the Nottingham squad. Fullback Billy Robinson played in the Championship in the 2013-14 season before he moved onto Nottingham where he won player of the year in 2015.
• Wing James Stephenson hails from Ealing and attended St Benedict’s School with Arthur Ellis. He played for Ealing Trailfinders last season and scored two tries in 11 starts.
• Head coach Ian Costello is a former Munster centre. After retiring he coached Munster U20’s, Academy and the ‘A’ side who he led the British and Irish Cup in 2011.
• Joe Munro, Rhys Crane and Alun Walker all played for Nottingham before they joined Ealing Trailfinders. Munro and Walker started both matches for Nottingham against Ealing Trailfinders in 2013-14.
• Centre Viliami Hakalo has played nine times for Tonga, most recently in June 2016 against Samoa.
• Nottingham have won the last three fixtures between the teams, most recently a 17-13 win at Lady Bay in November.