Bryan Redpath has given a number of players from the club’s academy the chance to shine against London Irish in the British & Irish Cup Quarter Final so we thought we would run through some of the names for supporters to get to know the lads a bit better before Saturday’s big clash.
Halifax born full back Sam Allan is a former England Under-18 international who made his debut in 2014 against Rotherham. He made a further two appearances that year against Ulster Ravens in the British and Irish Cup and Bristol.
Last season he played the full 80 minutes against the Ospreys Premiership Select and earlier this season came off the bench against Bedford and Ealing Trailfinders in the Cup.
He has captained the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy having previously led Yorkshire U16 and U15, the North U16 side and the Crossley Heath Grammar School U12 and U13 teams. He was a Yorkshire Cup winner twice while at the school.
He began playing at the age of six at Old Brodleians RFC and his England U18 debut was against France at Doncaster in February this year.
Sam attended Shibden Head Primary School and studied physical education and English Language at Prince Henry’s GS in Otley, together with economics & business on the AASE scheme. He represented West Yorkshire in the English Schools Athletics Championships as a 200m runner and played football for the Leeds United U13 team before concentrating on rugby.
Sam is the second member of the family to turn out for England under 16s as older brother Josh also represented his country at that age level in 2009. He has also spent time on dual registration with Otley and Darlington Mowden Park.
Leeds-born hooker Jordon Poole made his first team debut in the 2015-16 season in the British & Irish Cup against the Ospreys Premiership Select at Headingley Carnegie.
The former Yarnbury junior made his Greene King IPA Championship debut in the big derby clash with Rotherham in December 2015. The 19-year-old has made four replacement appearances for the club and has played 13 times for Wharfedale this season on dual registration.
19-year-old number eight Brandon Staples made his debut earlier this season as a replacement against Bedford Blues in the British & Irish Cup before making his first start at the Dragons Premiership Select, impressing with a try down in Wales.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Staples has been a member of the Yorkshire Carnegie academy for a number of years after being spotted playing at Woodhouse Grove School.
He is a student at Northumbria University and has been playing at Darlington Mowden Park this season on dual registration. He was part of the England U20 training squad in 2015.
Back row Lewis Wilson is originally from York and is 19. He made his debut earlier this season in the British & Irish Cup games against the Dragons Premiership Select.
The former Pocklington School pupil made his debut in the home fixture at Pontefract, coming on after an hour for Andy Saull before replacing Richard Beck just after half time the following week down in Wales.
He has been on dual registration this season with Wharfedale making 14 appearances and scoring five tries for the Dalesmen so far this season.
Full back Louis Brown plays for Leeds Beckett University, having started at the university this year, and is set for his Yorkshire Carnegie debut against London Irish.
Born in Middlesbrough, the 19-year-old is from Featherstone and attended St. Wilfrids Catholic College. Last season he played for the North of England after captaining Yorkshire.
His performance for the North earned him a call up to the England Counties U18s squad for last summers tour to Ireland where they played the national sides of Italy, France and Ireland.
Second row Guy joined the Leeds Academy from Sheffield Tigers. He is a former England Under-16 international who represented his country against Italy in 2012.
The 21-year-old made his Carnegie debut in the 2014-15 season against Rotherham in the B&I Cup and made a further appearance that season against Bristol, also in the Cup. He returned to the first team in the 2016-17 season to feature against Dragons Premiership Select.
A former pupil at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, he attends Leeds Beckett University and is a regular in their first team. Guy can also play lacrosse, winning two national finals with the Sheffield Steelers Lacrosse team.
Fly half Harry Davey was a regular for the Yorkshire Carnegie U18 Academy in the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League. He attends Silcoates and is the school’s first team captain.
A talented goal kicker, he led his school to the NatWest Vase semi final last weekend where they narrowly lost out to Royal Latin School from Buckinghamshire at Saracen’s Allianz Park. This season he was part of the England U18 training squad.