Yorkshire Carnegie team in depth for Scottish trip

Yorkshire Carnegie team in depth for Scottish trip


Ahead of Friday's trip to the Athletic Ground to face London Scottish, we run through the Yorkshire Carnegie side in full to give you more information on our new look squad.

15 Tim Bitirim

Full back Tim Bitirim has joined the club from Cambridge having started last season at Coventry. He earned his chance in professional rugby after impressing with Loughborough Students. The former Saracens and Wasps Academy utility back has also represented England Counties U20s. He has started both games so far this season. 

14 Andrew Lawson

Winger Andrew Lawson has joined from Harrogate having previously played for Westoe RFC and Blaydon RFC. He started on the wing at Nottingham in the opening game of the season. 

13 Zach Kerr

Zach Kerr came off the bench at West Park Leeds last week to make his debut for the club in the second half against Cornish Pirates. He now gets the chance to start his first game. A centre or winger Kerr has joined on trial from Bangor in Northern Ireland and has been playing in New Zealand in the off season.

12 Dan Lancaster

Academy vice captain Dan Lancaster, who has been part of the England U18 squad, previously played at Bishop Burton and West Park Leeds. An excellent goal kicker, he had his first taste of senior rugby last season at Hull Ionians. 

11 Tom Varndell

Capped four times for England, Tom Varndell holds the record as the leading try scorer in the Gallagher Premiership with 92 tries during his time with Leicester Tigers, Wasps and Bristol.

At Leicester he won the title in 2007 and with 180 Premiership appearances, as well as international honours, Varndell brings a wealth of experience to Carnegie.  A Commonwealth Games silver medallist in Melbourne in 2006.

In recent years he has played with Scarlets and French club Soyaux Angouleme and this year played with South China Tigers in Hong Kong in the Global Rapid Rugby series.

10 Joe Carlisle (CC)

Fly half Joe Carlisle has joined Yorkshire Carnegie from National One side Old Elthamians, who challenge Ampthill all the way for promotion to the Championship last season.

Swindon-born Carlisle is a Worcester Warriors Academy product who also had spells at Wasps, Benetton Treviso, London Welsh and USA Perpignan. He came on as a replacement at Nottingham but missed the game against Cornish Pirates through illness. 

9 James Elliott

There is a welcome return to Leeds for scrum half James Elliott who returns to the city having played for Leeds Beckett before moving to Gallagher Premiership side Newcastle Falcons. The former Durham City player has also captained England Students.

Conor Davidson

Loosehead prop Conor Davidson reverts to the opposite side of the front row this week having started the first two games this season at tighthead. He has joined the club from Sydney-based side Manly Marlins.

2 Ben Sowrey (CC)

Leeds born, Ben Sowrey, 28, joined Yorkshire Carnegie from Wharfedale.  The hooker started playing with Moortown and played for Harrogate and in the Leeds Academy before moving to Doncaster and then Rotherham.  In 2014 he signed for Worcester where he helped the team to promotion from the Championship and then joined Newcastle Falcons where he made 15 Premiership appearances.

Gareth Smith

A mobile and versatile prop forward who can play on either side of the scrum, Gareth has won five caps in Army colours and gained his first UK Armed Forces cap in the win over Bristol in the 2017 Remembrance Match.  A corporal in the Royal Welsh Gareth progressed to the Senior squad through the Army U23 and Academy system and is looking to continue his rugby development both within Army rugby and outside.  He has already played for Wasps in the Premiership A league and also had a spell at London Scottish. He made his first appearance for Yorkshire Carnegie off the bench against Cornish Pirates. 

4 Jake Brady

Jake Brady was born in Pontefract and started his career with his hometown team before signing for Harrogate, where he was named captain and made more than 200 appearances over eight seasons. Brady joined Carnegie from Darlington Mowden Park, where he has played for the last two seasons.

5 Alex Humfrey

Another recruit from Manly Marlins in Australia is second row Alex Humfrey.  He has played for Wales Students whilst at Bath University and signed for Bath back in 2016.

6 James Seabrook

James Seabrook has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on loan from Gallagher Premiership side Wasps, where he is a member of their extended Academy squad. The 20-year-old back rower went to Warwick University and has played in the Premiership Shield for Wasps. He has also spent time on loan at Stourbridge. He has appeared as a replacement in the opening two games of the season and will make his start at London Scottish. 

Taylor Gough

Back row Taylor Gough has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on loan from Leicester Tigers. Part of the Tigers Academy League winning squad in 2017/18, back-rower he played his junior rugby with Leicester Forest before joining the ranks at Welford Road.

The Tigers Under-18s, with Gough a key figure, remained unbeaten throughout their 2017/18 campaign and the local youngster stepped up to the Development ranks for the 2018/19 season, playing in the Premiership Shield as well as playing in National League rugby for Loughborough Students. He made his senior debut for Tigers in the Premiership Cup at Northampton in January 2019. He made his Yorkshire Carnegie debut in the starting line up at Nottingham and was a replacement against Cornish Pirates last week. 

Henri Lavin

Henri Lavin has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on loan from Leicester Tigers. A member of the Leicester Tigers Under-18 squad that went through the 2017-18 season unbeaten, the back-rower enjoyed a memorable season.

He was a tryscorer in the Under-18 League Final win over Gloucester and gained a call-up to the England Under-18s squad during the Six Nations period as well as playing in the closing stages of the Premiership ‘A’ League with Tigers.

His senior club debut came as a replacement in an Anglo-Welsh Cup tie away to Wasps in February 2018. He made his first appearance for Yorkshire Carnegie at open side flanker against Cornish Pirates. 

16 Louis Musetti

Hooker Louis Musetti has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on trial having previously featured in the BUCS Super Rugby competition with Northumbria. 

17 James Flynn

Sale-born Flynn was with the Sharks for seven seasons, amassing 55 appearances after making his debut against London Irish in 2012. He also had brief loans at Stockport and Sedgley Park and fought back to full fitness at the end of last season. He has started the first two games of the season at loose head prop for Yorkshire Carnegie.

18 Alex Reid

Universtity of Leeds loosehead prop Alex Reid has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on trial. Originally from Kent, he played his club rugby at Tonbridge Juddians before moving North to go to University. He represented Yorkshire U20 last season. In the summer he spent time in Australia playing for the Wanderers club in Newcastle, reaching their Grand Final. 

19 Will Hill

20-year old blindside flanker who comes from Northallerton and previously played at Sedbergh, he has joined the club from Darlington Mowden Park.

20 Callum Bustin

London-born rugby league player Callum Bustin joins Yorkshire Carnegie from Bradford Bulls. The former London, Castleford and Newcastle league forward is looking forward to the switch of codes. He made his debut at number eight in the opening game of the season at Nottingham. 

21 Elliot Turner

Scrum half Elliot Turner has joined the club from Western Force having previously played for Melbourne Rebels. He is yet to make an appearance for the club this season. 

22 James Robins

James Robins has joined from Chester and can also play at fly half. He made his debut in the opening game of the season at Nottingham at centre and came on in the second half off the bench against Cornish Pirates. 

23 Lee Smith

The former Leeds Rhinos winger and full back, who won three Super League titles in successive years with his home-town club from 2007-09 and played for England in the 2008 World Cup, will join a rare group of players to have played league and union at the famous stadium.

Smith, 33, also had spells at Wakefield Trinity, Leigh Centurions and Bradford Bulls as well as playing union with Wasps and Newcastle.