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Rugby League legend Sinfield poised to make Union bow

  • Sinfield could make his long-awaited Rugby Union debut from the bench for Yorkshire Carnegie this afternoon
  • Former Leeds Rhinos man captained the Headingley side to seven Super League titles
Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield could make his long-awaited Rugby Union debut at Headingley Carnegie Stadium this afternoon, and a bumper crowd is expected with admission free for the match, which kicks off at 2 pm.

The former Leeds Rhinos man, who captained the West Yorkshire side to seven Super League titles, has been in training for the last two weeks with his new club, Yorkshire Carnegie, and is named on the bench this afternoon for Carnegie’s British and Irish Cup clash with the Ospreys Premiership Select.

The game was initially planned to take place at Huddersfield YMCA, but a waterlogged pitch put paid to the venue and the tie was moved to the 21,062-capacity stadium this morning.

The former Rhinos skipper has already admitted his is enjoying the new test and, two weeks ago, he said: “It’s been really enjoyable and everything I thought the challenge would be.

“Walking into that new dressing room, you’re never quite sure whether you’re going to be accepted or what it’s going to be like but the lads have been unbelievable and made me feel so welcome from the start.

“They have spent a lot of time with me as well, helping me along, just giving me little tips, so that has been fantastic. It’s very challenging and very different but hopefully it won’t be too long before I get to have a run.”

The Yorkshire Carnegie side in full for this afternoon’s clash is:
15. Jonah Holmes, 14. David Doherty, 13. Max Wright, 12. Pete Lucock, 11. Taylor Prell, 10. Joel Hodgson, 9. Chris Pilgrim (c), 1. Charlie Beech, 2. Joe Graham, 3. Ben Hooper, 4. Dean Schofield, 5. Matt Smith, 6. Richard Beck, 7. Josh Bainbridge, 8. Jarad Williams, 16. Jordan Poole, 17. Charlie Capps, 18. Rob O’Donnell, 19. Tom Ryder, 20. Jack Barnard, 21. Kevin Sinfield, 22. Andy Forsyth.