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Former Leeds RU stars set to face Argentina

Former Leeds rugby union stars George Ford and Danny Care are in the starting line-up for England to face Argentina on Saturday.

Former Otley schoolboy Danny Care Credit: PA

Care, 30, who was at Leeds Tykes between 2003 - 2006 before moving to Harlequins, and Ford, 24, who played twice on loan for Leeds Carnegie in 2012 are coach Eddie Jones' first choice half-back pairing for the first Test against the Pumas in San Juan.

George Ford, who went to Rishworth School , near Halifax Credit: PA

Former Castleford Tigers record-breaking winger Denny Solomona , who controversially switched codes last year, has been named on the bench.

The England team for Saturday's first Test in San Juan is:

England: M Brown (Harlequins); M Yarde (Harlequins), H Slade (Exeter), A Lozowski (Saracens), J May Gloucester); G Ford (Bath), D Care (Harlequins); E Genge (Leicester), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), H Williams (Exeter), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Ewels (Bath), M Wilson (Newcastle), T Curry (Sale), N Hughes (Wasps).

Replacements: J Singleton (Worcester), M Mullan (Wasps), W Collier (Harlequins), N Isiekwe (Saracens), D Armand (Exeter), J Maunder (Exeter), P Francis (Northampton), D Solomona (Sale).


Six players from Calendar region named in final England squad

Six players from the Calendar region have been selected in the England squad for the upcoming European Championships.

Jamie Vardy and Kyle Walker are two of the six players from our region named in the England squad. Credit: Press Association

Sheffield pair Jamie Vardy and Kyle Walker are joined in the 23-man squad by Doncaster's Danny Rose, James Milner from Leeds, Gary Cahill - who was born in Dronfield and Barnsley's John Stones.

None of them play for clubs in our region at this moment in time.

  • Jamie Vardy - Leicester
  • Kyle Walker - Tottenham
  • Danny Rose - Tottenham
  • James Milner - Liverpool
  • Gary Cahill - Chelsea
  • John Stones - Everton

Leeds' James Milner to captain England

Footballer James Milner will lead England out for the first time when captaining the side against Holland on Tuesday.

James Milner Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

The 30 year old, who started his career at Leeds United, will lead the team out for tomorrow's friendly against Holland at Wembley.

Milner takes over from Dronfield's Gary Cahill - who was the skipper in Saturday's 3-2 win over Germany.

Yorkshire duo make England World Cup squad

Yorkshire's Gary Ballance and Joe Root have both been named in England's ICC 2015 World Cup squad.

Gary Ballance (centre) and Joe Root (right) have both been included in England's World Cup squad Credit: Press Association

Ballance replaces Alistair Cook in the 15-man squad, who has been dropped as captain in favour of Eoin Morgan.

Ballance is one of three changes to the squad that suffered a recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka.

Yorkshire's Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow, who were all named in England's preliminary 30-man squad, have not been selected.


Former Leeds and Bradford star Chris Kamara on England's chances

Former Leeds United player and Bradford City manager Chris Kamara told Good Morning Britain that Wayne Rooney is expected to play through the middle against Uruguay tonight.

Roy Hodgson's men need to draw at least to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Speaking to Ben Shephard, Kamara says he expects Luis Suarez to start for the South Americans after the Liverpool star missed their opening game loss to Costa Rica:

Suits you - England

When Roy Hodgson's England squad were getting kitted out for the World Cup in Brazil they had to factor in the heat.

And helping to keep the current England side cool off the pitch is one of our oldest textile mills because their suits are made with fabric from Yorkshire. Jon Hill has been finding out more.

McNamara heading Down Under ?

England RL coach Steve McNamara Credit: ITV Yorkshire

England Rugby League coach Steve McNamara appears to be set for a move to Australia's NRL with the Sydney Roosters.

The 42-year-old's contract with the Rugby Football League ended after the recent World Cup and although he said in the aftermath it was a position he did not want to relinquish easily, he was quickly linked with a cross-code move to Bath.

Gary Gold's departure as Bath's director of rugby this week lent weight to that story, but reports in Australia now suggest he is poised to join the NRL champions and serve as an assistant to Trent Robinson.

Neither the RFL or Sydney have confirmed the switch, but a tweet from McNamara's media officer appeared to suggest he had opted to head Down Under and stay in the 13-a-side code.

"Absolutely delighted that Steve McNamara will be staying in Rugby League. A great bloke and one of the most underrated coaches in the game," tweeted Danny Reuben, who was a key member of McNamara's support staff with England.

If McNamara is leaving the job, the likes of Leeds Rhino's Brian McDermott and Wigan's Shaun Wane can expect to be highlighted as possible replacements.

Yorkshire's Lees to join England cricketers in Australia

Yorkshire cricket's latest young star has told Calendar he hopes to follow in the footsteps of teammates Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow into the full England squad in the near future

Alex Lees will fly out to Australia with the England development squad tomorrow. His call-up came on the back of an impressive breakthrough season with Yorkshire which included a magnificent double century against Derbyshire in July.

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