Five changes for Yorkshire Carnegie ahead of league leaders visit

Five changes for Yorkshire Carnegie ahead of league leaders visit


Yorkshire Carnegie return to Emerald Headingley on Sunday to face promotion chasing London Irish and Director of Rugby Chris Stirling has named his side.

Skipper Richard Mayhew returns having been ruled out in the warm up in last Friday’s incredible win at Bedford Blues. Antonio Kiri Kiri retains his place in the starting line up, having been drafted in to replace Mayhew at Goldington Road.

George Watkins has recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him last week and he replaces Myles Thoroughgood.

There is a rotation in the front row with Nic Mayhew and Sam Nixon coming in for Craig Mitchell and Marc Thomas whilst Fa’atiga Lemalu is back in the second row having been a late withdrawal a week ago.

Josh Bainbridge and Lewis Wilson are amongst the replacements this week where there is also a return for Tom Hill.

The team in full is:

15. Chris Elder 14. George Watkins 13. Andrew Forsyth 12. Peter Lucock 11. Elijah Niko 10. Jade Te Rure 9. JB Bruzulier 1. Nic Mayhew 2. Joe Buckle 3. Sam Nixon 4. Fa’atiga Lemalu 5. Matt Smith 6. Richard Mayhew (c) 7. Antonio Kiri Kiri 8. Dan Temm

Replacements: 16. Dylan Donnellan 17. Tom Hill 18. Andrew Foster 19 Lewis Wilson 20. Josh Bainbridge 21. Sam Wolstenholme 22. Tom Bullough