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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).

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West Leeds RUFC head to Rugby Union HQ

Community Rugby Union Club West Leeds RUFC are heading to Rugby Union HQ for the 2nd consecutive season.

Wests beat highly rated Peterborough based side Oundle RFC away from home 23-31 to book their place in the final of the RFU National Senior Vase Competition on May 7th KO 1pm. Withycombe from Devon will be their opponents.

The Wortley based side who fielded 15 own grown players in their semi-final squad encountered Barnard Castle, Rockcliffe Whitley Bay, Littleborough and Oundle on the way to the final, will hope toimprove on last year’s defeat and bring the trophy back to Yorkshire.

Chairman of rugby Phil Christopher said “We are fully aware we carry the hopes of not just our supporters but those of Yorkshire rugby into the final”.

First Team Coach Andy Neave added “These lads have been with this club through thick and thin and their determination and camaraderie this season has been outstanding, they really want to bring trophy back to West Leeds”.

West Leeds have already been promoted to Yorkshire Division 1 and are just 1 point away from clinching the YorkshireDivision 2 title. They are also in the quarter final of the Yorkshire Shield

Burdon set to start for visit of Bedford

Centre Fred Burdon will make his first league appearance for Yorkshire Carnegie since the second leg of the play off defeat to London Welsh two years ago when Bryan Redpath's side host promotion rivals Bedford Blues this Sunday.

Burdon returned to action a fortnight ago in the British & Irish Cup quarter final win over Moseley having torn both Achilles in the last eighteen months. Burdon is joined in the centres by Pete Lucock with Tom Casson and Andy Forsyth both ruled out through injury.

Mike Myerscough comes in for Dean Schofield in the second row for his first appearance since suffering Appendicitis last month. Richard Beck is back in the back row after missing last week's game through illness.

Yorkshire Carnegie are also currently without Seb Stegmann (quad), Jack Walker (ankle), Christian Georgiou (shoulder) and Josh Bainbridge (foot).

Yorkshire Carnegie secure young star on new deal

Josh Bainbridge

Yorkshire Carnegie has signed leading try scorer Josh Bainbridge for a new one year contract with the club. The 19-year-old had a breakthrough season for Yorkshire Carnegie in 2014-15 earning a place in the England Under-20s squad for the Junior World Cup.

This season he has been the club's leading try scorer, with 16 tries in 13 games so far, including five tries in one game at Bristol earlier in the season.

He is currently sidelined through an injury suffered whilst on England U20 duty but hopes to return to action for the play offs with Yorkshire Carnegie.

He was out of contract at the end of the season and there had been speculation linking him with Premiership clubs. However he has agreed a new one year contract with the club.

I am delighted to be staying at the club. I know there has been speculation in the media about what was happening but I spoke to Director of Rugby Chris Gibson and Academy Director Andy Rock and expressed my wish to stay at the club. I have come through the academy, made my way into the first team and now delighted to be staying on for at least another year.

– Josh Bainbridge
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