The Yorkshire Carnegie Under 18s kick off their season this Friday when they travel to Kingston Park to take on their counterparts from Newcastle Falcons, kick off 4pm, before the Aviva Premiership clash between Newcastle and Wasps.
Ollie Fox will skipper the Yorkshire Carnegie side. Fox has been on loan at Sandal and was recently involved in the first team for the British & Irish Cup pool games. Another with recent first team experience is back row Lewis Wilson, who has gained experience on loan at Wharfedale this season along with fellow back rower Elliot Ward. Full back Lou Brown gets his chance to play for Yorkshire Carnegie after impressing for Leeds Beckett University.
The Yorkshire Carnegie team in full is: 15. Louis Brown, 14. Rian Hamilton, 13. Jonathan Ashman, 12. Tom Mann, 11. Joe Gatus, 10. Harry Davey, 9. Ollie Fox (c), 1. Billy Nicholls, 2. Will Henshall, 3. Harry Butler, 4. Shaun Crouch, 5. Matt Burke, 6. Elliott Ward, 7. Lewis Wilson, 8. Ben Whyte
Replacements: 16. Ryan Gibson, 17. Adam Leetham, 18. Will Booth, 19. Chris Jackson, 20. Max Hanson, 21. Sam Wolstenholme, 22. Will Fordy, 23. Jack Bodman
The Newcastle side is coached by former Leeds Tykes favourite James Ponton. The former back rower said, “We have a really promising group of under-18s players this year.
“It is great for the lads to be able to play on the main pitch on a first team match day, and for Falcons supporters to be able to come down and watch some of the stars of the future.”
The East Stand at Kingston Park will be open for those wishing to watch the under-18s match, although supporters are advised they must have a Falcons v Wasps match ticket to gain entry.
More than 6,100 tickets have already been sold for what could prove to be the biggest home attendance of the season. Those wishing to book seats are urged to act quickly with only limited seating remaining on sale, although standing tickets are still available.