Romania have named a strong side for this evening’s World Cup warm up game against Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 5.30pm.

The game forms part of a double header of rugby action at Headingley Carnegie as part of the stadium's 125th anniversary year. The one admission fee covers both the Romania game and Leeds Rhinos clash with Wigan Warriors, which kicks off at 8pm. 

Romania include the veteran centre pairing of Csaba Gal and Florin Vlaicu, who are second and third in the all time list of most capped players for Romania. Other experienced names included fly half Dan Dumbrava and Ovidiu Tonita (both 70 caps), Perpignan prop Ion Paulica (69) second row Valentin Ursache (59) and number eight Sandu Burcea (50). There is even more experience on the bench with Valentin Calafetnanu (72) and Catalin Fercu  (78).

Fercu plays for Saracens and joined the London-club after a successful trial from Global Network club RC Timisoara. He first featured for the club in a friendly against Gloucester at the HAC at the end of the 2013/14 season – scoring four tries. He returned to the club in November 2014 and played an important part in the LV=Cup squad that lifted the trophy.

Six of the team, Gal, Vlaicu, Dumbrava, Lucaci and Carpo, are making the third visit of their career to Headingley Carnegie having played in both games against Carnegie for Bucharest Oaks in 2009 and 2011. Four other players, two from each game, are also making a return visit. Valentin Ursache and Andre Radoi from 2009 and Madalin Lemnaru and Marian Dremceanu from 2011. 

The team are coached by former Doncaster coach Lynn Howells, who makes a welcome return to Headingley Carnegie having coached Doncaster and Pontypridd here on previous occasions. 

15 Sabin Stralita
14 Florin Ionita
13 Csaba Gal
12 Florin Vlaicu
11 Madalin Lemnaru
10 Dan Dumbrava
9 Florin Surugiu
1 Alexandru Tarus
2 Eugen Capatana
3 Ion Paulica
4 Valentin Ursache
5 Marian Dremceanu
6 Ovidiu Tonita
7 Randall Morrison
8 Sandu Burcea 
Replacements from:
Andre Radoi
Horatiu Pungea
Heerden Van
Viorel Lucaci
Tudorel Bratu
Mihaita Lazar
Otar Turashvili
Valentin Macovei
Daniel Carpo
Valentin Calafeteanu
Ionut Botezatu
Paula Kinikinilau
Adrian Apostol
Catalin Fercu