Yorkshire Carnegie set to kick off new era at Nottingham

Yorkshire Carnegie set to kick off new era at Nottingham


Yorkshire Carnegie Director of Rugby Martyn Wood and Head Coach Joe Ford have named their side to face Nottingham Rugby on Friday night in the opening game of the Championship Cup.

Following the CVA in the summer, the side includes 23 debutants. Hooker Louis Musetti, who has previously played at Northumbria University, will get the chance to impress in the starting line up after joining the club on trial whilst the squad has been strengthened with the arrival of loan signings James Seabrook (Wasps), Mike Williams (Bath), Taylor Gough (Leicester) and Guy Graham (Newcastle).

Former England international Tom Varndell makes his first appearance for the club in a backline that also includes ex-Leeds Rhinos Rugby League player Lee Smith with youngster Dan Lancaster, who gets the opportunity to start at fly half having come through the club’s academy structure.

The squad in full is:

15. Tim Bitirim 14. Andrew Lawson 13. Lee Smith 12. James Robins 11. Tom Varndell 10. Dan Lancaster 9. James Elliott

1. James Flynn 2. Louis Musetti 3. Conor Davidson 4. Ed Bloodworth 5. Alex Humfrey 6. Will Hill 7. Taylor Gough 8. Callum Bustin

16. Ben Sugars 17. Cole Wilson 18. Will Archer 19. Mike Williams 20. James Seabrook 21. Guy Graham 22. Joe Green 23. Joe Carlisle