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Leeds Carnegie coach names side for Cup game

James Lowes Credit: PA

Leeds Carnegie Head Coach James Lowes has named a strong side for this Saturday's round five British and Irish Cup game at Gala.

Leeds will be without Calum Green and Stevie McColl, who were both ruled out this week through surgery, however skipper Jacob Rowan and Joe Graham return after missing last week's win at Plymouth through concussion.

New signings Jon Clarke and Harry Casson, on loan from Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors, will make their first starts for the club whilst prop Charlie Beech, who is on loan from Bath, is named in a new look front row.

The full team can be found here.

Leeds Carnegie sign Harry Casson

Leeds Carnegie have announced they have signed 22-year-old second row Harry Casson from Aviva Premiership side Worcester on loan for the remainder of the season.

Casson has joined the club with immediate effect and could make his debut this Saturday for the trip to Plymouth Albion. Originally from Bristol, he joined Gloucester's Academy whilst studying at Hartpury College, making one senior appearance for the Cherry and Whites before going to University.

After graduating he joined Worcester and has spent time on loan at Coventry and Cinderford.

"I am very much looking forward to joining up with Leeds Carnegie. It is a very competitive squad and I am hungry to get out there and play some rugby. Leeds play a style of rugby that I think suits my strengths and they have been getting some great results. The Greene King IPA Championship is a very competitive league and I am looking forward to testing myself in that environment.

"Obviously it helps that Jon Clarke has also just made the move up from Worcester, I would have been happy to come up on my own, but having an experienced player to turn to, who I already know, will hopefully mean I can settle in easier."

– Harry Casson

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Edwards quits as Carnegie coach

Diccon Edwards - sudden resignation. Credit: Leeds Carnegie

Diccon Edwards has resigned as coach of rugby union side Leeds Carnegie. The 40 year old has been in charge at the Championship club for just over 2 years and guided them to a play-off semi final last season. Leeds Rugby Chief Executive Gary Hetherington says it's come as a big surprise.

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