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Five changes for Leeds Carnegie

Five changes for Leeds Carnegie

Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Neil Back has made five changes to his side for this Friday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Sales Sharks at Edgeley Park.

The majority of the changes come in the front row. Steve Thompson returns from his try-scoring appearance off the bench with England last weekend. Either side of Thompson are Mike MacDonald and Phil Swainston with Gareth Hardy and Juan Gomez this week starting on the bench.

There is only one change in the back line with Lee Blackett returning from injury to replace Scott Barrow, who has had a hernia operation this week. Henry Fa’afili reverts to centre to allow Blackett to return on the right wing.

The final change is the return of skipper Marco Wentzel from a hamstring injury suffered in the first half of the win over London Irish. He replaces Sean Hohneck.

The bench also sees back row Rhys Oakley return from injury, in place of James Craig, whilst Christian Lewis-Pratt could make his first appearance in the Aviva Premiership since the game at London Irish back in October.

The squad in full is:

15. Michael Stephenson
14. Lee Blackett
13. Henry Faafili
12. Luther Burrell
11. Peter Wackett
10. Adrian Jarvis
9. Scott Mathie
1. Mike MacDonald
2. Steve Thompson
3. Phil Swainston
4. Daniel Browne
5. Marco Wentzel (Captain)
6. Kearnan Myall
7. Hendre Fourie
8. Alfie Tooala
16. Scott Freer
17. Gareth Hardy
18. Juan Gomez
19. Rhys Oakley
20. Danny Paul
21. Warren Fury
22. Christian Lewis Pratt
23. Semi Tadulala


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