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Scarbrough and Salter return for Tykes

12 December 2003

England international Dan Scarbrough returns to the starting line up this week after appearing as a replacement last Sunday.  Scarbrough comes in at full back with Diego Albanese moving to the left wing, Phil Christophers moves to the bench. Matt Salter replaces James Ponton in the back row, with Aaron Persico switching from blindside to openside flanker to accommodate Salter's return. Ponton is on the bench.

Matt Cardey is the only new face in the squad from last week, Ryan Walker is ruled out through illness so Welsh international Cardey comes onto the bench. 

The Tykes have 11 players who have previously played in the Heineken Cup.  Matt Salter, Phil Christophers and David Rees all played in it last season with Bristol, Diego Albanese appeared for Grenoble, Matt Cardey for Llanelli, Gary Powell appeared with Cardiff, Tristan Davies for Neath, Matt Cardey with Llanelli Gordon Ross with Edinburgh and Alix Popham with Newport. Mark Regan is the only player to have won the Heineken Cup with Bath in 1998 when Leeds First Team coach Jon Callard kicked all the points in the 19-18 win over Brive.

The team in full is as follows:

BACKS

15. Dan Scarbrough
14. David Rees
13. Andre Snyman
12. Tristan Davies
11. Diego Albanese
10. Gordon Ross
9. Clive Stuart Smith

FORWARDS
1. Mike Shelley (c)
2. Mark Regan
3. Gary Powell
4. Phil Murphy
5. Stuart Hooper
6. Matt Salter
7. Aaron Persico
8. Alix Popham

REPLACEMENTS

16. Matt Holt
17. Rob Rawlinson
18. James Ponton
19. Colm Rigney
20. Tim Walsh
21. Phil Christophers
22. Matt Cardey