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Sinfield set for first Yorkshire Carnegie start

Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield will make his first start for Yorkshire Carnegie tonight since switching codes last month.

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The 35 year old will feature in Carnegie's British and Irish Cup clash against Munster 'A' at Kinsale.

Sinfield began training with Carnegie at the end of October and has so far only enjoyed a brief cameo in Carnegie's win over Ospreys Premiership Select at Headingley.

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Birth of rugby in Leeds to be marked

A service to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of rugby in Leeds, will be held today at Leeds Minster.

Both Leeds' main rugby teams play at Headingley Stadium Credit: Press Association

Expected to be among the congregation is the Leeds Rhinos first team squad , including new Aussie signing Adam Cuthbertson, who only arrived in the UK on Thursday evening.

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott and England forward Jamie Jones Buchanan will speak at the service. The event will also remember the city's players who lost their lives in the First World War.

Carnegie appoint new boss

Yorkshire Carnegie have appointed Gary Mercer, 48, as their new Head Coach ahead of the new Greene King IPA Championship season.

Gary Mercer signs for Yorkshire Carnegie Credit: Press Association

Previous coach James Lowes left to take charge of relegated Rugby League side Bradford Bulls.

Former New Zealand Rugby League international Mercer has worked for the last decade with the Scottish Rugby Union, coaching youth and senior players, as well as being part of the coaching staff at professional club Glasgow Warriors.

During his playing career he played Rugby League for Bradford, Warrington, Leeds and Halifax and began his coaching career in league with Halifax, Castleford and Oldham. He switched to Rugby Union in 2004 with Glasgow Warriors in an assistant coach’s role with responsibility for defence, attack and skills.

I spoke to James Lowes about the squad and the environment at the club and he encouraged me to consider the job. From my time in Yorkshire as a player and a coach, I am aware of the raw pool of talent that is available and I think we are in a great position to capitalise on that now. The squad and the coaching team last season did a fantastic job and came so close to reaching their goal, our challenge now is to go even further next season

– Gary Mercer, Yorkshire Carnegie Coach

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Carnegie: Name change helps us to integrate

Leeds Carnegie will change their name to Yorkshire Carnegie from next season in an effort to broaden the Championship club's appeal across the county.

They will still play at Headingley, but plan to create a side to represent Yorkshire at the highest level.

Sir Ian McGeechan says it gives them their best shot at reaching the Premiership:

Leeds Carnegie set for rebrand

Leeds Carnegie will change their name to Yorkshire Carnegie from next season in an effort to broaden the Championship club's appeal across the county.

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Sir Ian McGeechan, the former British and Irish Lions coach who is chairman of the Leeds club, on Tuesday unveiled plans for the launch of the new professional outfit at Headingley.

The club, who have twice flirted with the Premiership, will continue to play at Headingley in order to meet minimum standards for the top flight, but with a remit to create a powerhouse for the game in England.

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