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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

Assistant coach to leave Yorkshire Carnegie

Yorkshire Carnegie have announced that Assistant Coach Francis Cummins will leave the club by mutual agreement ahead of this Sunday's Greene King IPA Championship clash with Cornish Pirates at Headingley Carnegie.

Cummins joined the club last season on a consultancy basis before becoming a permanent member of Bryan Redpath's coaching team this season.

Cummins' current contract expires in May 2016 and with the club unable to offer a longer term deal at this stage, Yorkshire Carnegie have agreed to release Cummins to allow him to look at other options.

Redpath will now take sole responsibility for the backs as Head Coach.

There are no plans to add to the existing coaching team for the remainder of the season.

Three changes for Yorkshire Carnegie

Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath has named his side to take on Ealing Trailfinders this afternoon as they look to back up last Sunday’s win over Rotherham.

Redpath has made just three changes to the side that defeated the Titans 43-9 at Headingley Carnegie.

All the changes come in the forwards with Lee Imiolek replacing Charlie Beech at prop, Dean Schofield coming in for Mike Myerscough in the second row and Andy Saull starting in the back row for Josh Bainbridge.

The team in full is: 15. Jonah Holmes 14. David Doherty 13. Pete Lucock 12. Harry Leonard 11. Taylor Prell 10. Kevin Sinfield 9. Chris Pilgrim 1. Lee Imiolek 2. Phil Nilsen 3. Rob O’Donnell 4. Dean Schofield 5. Chris Jones (c) 6. Richard Beck 7. Andy Saull 8. Ryan Burrows 16. Jordan Poole 17. Charlie Beech 18. Ben Hooper 19. Matt Smith 20. Mike Myerscough 21. Joel Hodgson 22. Andy Forsyth

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