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Former Premiership sides Leeds and Bristol set for Headingley encounter

16 September 2011

  • Top of the table take on bottom in former Premiership clash
  • Leeds select four players to make their season debut
Joe Ford will start against Bristol Rugby on Saturday

Photo: Leeds Carnegie

Following their relegation for the Aviva Premiership last season, Leeds Carnegie - who have yet to record a win - face a tough third round test against league leaders Bristol Rugby.

Leeds head coach Diccon Edwards has made four changes to his starting line-up for the game against this Sunday at Headingley Carnegie, which kicks off at 1pm.

Michael Stephenson, Joe Barker, Phil Swainston and Dominic Barrow are all set to make their first starts of the season, coming in for Lee Blackett, Scott Barrow, Dave Young and Sean Hohneck.

Young and Barrow will begin the game on the bench, where new signing Robbie Shaw - who could make his debut for the club - will be, too. 

Dan Hemingway, Chris Walker and Ollie Richards also make a return, having missed the last game, and are among the replacements for Sunday’s fixture.

Goodridge to start against former club

Bristol head coach Liam Middleton has named a largely unchanged line-up for his side's visit to Headingley.

Middleton, who took over from Paul Hull this summer, keeps faith in thirteen of the players that recorded a 32-13 win over London Scottish last Sunday.

In the backline, debutant Jon Goodridge recovers from injury to play against his former club. The full back spent three impressive years with the Yorkshire side.

Elsehwre Jason Hobson returns to the pack in place of Wayne Thompson, while Josh Ovens, James Merriman and Iain Grieve continue their formidable back-row alliance.

Leeds Carneige

Stevie McColl; Michael Stephenson, Iain Thornley, Joe Barker Curtis Wilso; Joe Ford Craig Hampson; Gareth Denman, Andy Titterrall (c), Phil Swainston, Tom Denton, Jon Pendlebury, Dominic Barrow, Jacob Rowan, Ryan Burrows

Replacements: Phil Nilsen, Dave Young, Dan Hemingway, Chris Walker, Robbie Shaw, Scott Barrow

Bristol Rugby

Jon Goodridge; George Watkins, Jack Tovey, Junior Fatialofa, Matt Williams; Tristan Roberts, Tom Slater, Darren Crompton, Ross Johnston, Jason Hobson, Mariano Sambucetti, Roy Winters, Josh Ovens, James Merriman, Iain Grieve (c).

Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Mark Irish, Wayne Thompson, Darren Barry, Marco Mama, Louis Silver, Mark Davies.