Yorkshire Carnegie boosted by Umaga and Mayhew return
Yorkshire Carnegie have been boosted with the return of young star Jacob Umaga from Gallagher Premiership side Wasps on dual registration and skipper Richard Mayhew to the starting line up for Sunday’s Greene King IPA Championship clash with Cornish Pirates at Emerald Headingley, kick off 3pm.
Umaga scored 55 points in just five appearances earlier this season on dual registration, missing only one kick at goal in 21 attempts.
Richard Mayhew made his first appearance since the opening game of the season in the Festive derby win at Doncaster when he came on as a replacement but the skipper returns to the starting line up to face the Pirates.
Mayhew’s younger brother Nic, 30, will make his debut for Yorkshire Carnegie following in the footsteps of Richard and hooker Mike, who played two seasons at Emerald Headingley before joining Doncaster this season. A year ago, the former Auckland Blues prop was on the brink of an international call up for Australia, having impressed in Super Rugby with ACT Brumbies.
Although a proud Kiwi, he qualified for the Wallabies through his grandfather, Bill Rinkin, and his scrum ability put him on Test coach Michael Cheika’s radar. Mayhew made 11 Super Rugby appearances over two seasons with the Auckland Blues before joining the Brumbies but returned to his native New Zealand this year with North Harbour.
He has previously played in England with Premiership club Harlequins. He started playing rugby at local club Northcote. In 2011 he left New Zealand and, with a recommendation from former All Black and North Harbour forwards coach Craig Dowd, joined Harlequins. As his father was born in England, Mayhew is qualified to play for both England and New Zealand.
After three seasons with the Harlequins, Nic returned to Auckland in 2014 and signed with Super Rugby team the Blues, and provincial team North Harbour in the ITM Cup. In 2016, North Harbour won the Mitre 10 Cup Championship final against Otago in Dunedin. After two successful seasons playing for the Blues, Mayhew left the side at the end of 2016 and signed on to play for the Brumbies Super Rugby for 2017, and then re-signed with the team for the 2018 season.
Winger Elijah Niko will make his Greene King IPA Championship debut with George Watkins amongst the replacements this week.
Yorkshire Carnegie are without Canadian international Jake Ilnicki, who is sidelined by a knee injury and he joins Mike Myerscough (head), James Thraves (shoulder) and Brendan Cope (knee) in the treatment room.
The team in full is:
15. Jacob Umaga 14. Chris Elder 13. Andy Forsyth 12. Pete Lucock 11. Elijah Niko 10. Jade Te Rure 9. JB Bruzulier 1. Marc Thomas 2. Joe Buckle 3. Craig Mitchell 4. Cian Romaine 5. Matt Smith 6. Richard Mayhew (c) 7. Josh Bainbridge 8. Dan Temm
16. Dylan Donnellan 17. Nic Mayhew 18. Andy Foster 19. Fa’atinga Lemalu 20. Lewis Wilson 21. Sam Wolstenholme 22. George Watkins