Neil Back

LEEDS CARNEGIE Head Coach Neil Back has made five changes to his side for this Friday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Sales Sharks at Edgeley Park. The majority of the changes come in the front row. Steve Thompson returns from his try-scoring appearance off the bench with England last weekend. Either side of Thompson are Mike MacDonald and Phil Swainston with Gareth Hardy and Juan Gomez this week starting on the bench. There is only one change in the back line with Lee Blackett returning from injury to replace Scott Barrow, who has had a hernia operation this week. Henry Fa’afili reverts to centre to allow Blackett to return on the right wing. The final change is the return of skipper Marco Wentzel from a hamstring injury suffered in the first half of the win over London Irish. He replaces Sean Hohneck. The bench also sees back row Rhys Oakley return from injury, in place of James Craig, whilst Christian Lewis-Pratt could make his first appearance in the Aviva Premiership since the game at London Irish back in October.

The squad in full is:

15. Michael Stephenson

14. Lee Blackett

13. Henry Faafili

12. Luther Burrell

11. Peter Wackett

10. Adrian Jarvis

9. Scott Mathie

1. Mike MacDonald

2. Steve Thompson

3. Phil Swainston

4. Daniel Browne

5. Marco Wentzel (Captain)

6. Kearnan Myall

7. Hendre Fourie

8. Alfie Tooala

16. Scott Freer

17. Gareth Hardy

18. Juan Gomez

19. Rhys Oakley

20. Danny Paul

21. Warren Fury

22. Christian Lewis Pratt

23. Semi Tadulala