Yorkshire Carnegie kick off their British & Irish Cup campaign this Friday when they travel to Jersey Reds in the first pool game.

James Lowes has named a squad which mixes experience in the forwards with youthful talent in the backline and includes a remarkable thirteen products from the club’s academy in the 22 man squad.

Captain Richard Mayhew is ruled out with a foot injury as is Charlie Capps. Half backs Callum Irvine (ankle) and Alex Davies (wrist) both had to leave last week’s defeat at Richmond early and miss out this week, likewise Stevie McColl (groin) and centre Tom Casson (calf). Prop Mike Cusack is still sidelined by a neck injury.

A host of young stars will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Andy Forsyth, Max Green, Matt Smith, Richard Beck and Ollie Stedman who are established first team players having come through the Carnegie Academy.

The back line is almost entirely made up of Carnegie Academy products with the only exception being winger Harry Davies, who is on loan from Bath Rugby.  Full back Louis Brown has impressed on the wing this season in a run of games in the first team and is improving week by week.

Tom Bullough gets the chance to impress in the British & Irish Cup like last season having played for Otley last week, likewise fly half Harry Davey, who played at Huddersfield last week. Winger Rian Hamilton made his debut with Huddersfield last week but is a product of the Wharfedale club where is began his rugby as a junior and has been developed into an exciting young product.

Finally back rower Lewis Wilson returns to the first team squad having played for Hull Ionians last week.

On the bench, hooker Harry Newborn has impressed with Leeds Beckett so far this season as has England U19 back rower Elliot Ward whilst England U18 international Oliver Fox has been playing with Huddersfield and was a travelling reserve down to Richmond last week.

The team in full is:

15. Louis Brown *
14. Harry Davies
13. Andy Forsyth *
12. Tom Bullough *
11. Rian Hamilton *
10. Harry Davey *
9. Max Green *
1. Lee Imiolek
2. Joe Buckle
3. James Thraves
4. Matt Smith *
5. Dan Sanderson
6. Richard Beck
*
7. Lewis Wilson *
8. Ollie Stedman *

16. Harry Newborn *
17. Charlie Beech
18. Elliot Millar-Mills
19. Jack Whetton
20. Elliot Ward *
21. Oliver Fox
*
22. George Watkins

* Academy product