Neil Back

Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Neil Back has been able to name an unchanged 23 man squad for the first time this season for this Saturday’s massive Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with Newcastle Falcons.

The same 23 who featured against Exeter Chiefs last Sunday at Headingley Carnegie have been retained for this week’s trip to the North East.

The Leeds line up includes former Newcastle star Michael Stephenson who spent six seasons at Kingston Park. Alfie To’oala, who scored in the 16-15 win at Newcastle last season, is one of six players still in the starting line up from that game.

The team 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 Gareth Hardy

2 Steve Thompson

3 Phil Swainston

4 Daniel Browne

5 Marco Wentzel (c)

6 Kearnan Myall

7 Hendre Fourie

8 Alfie To’oala

16 Phil Nilsen

17 Gareth Denman

18 Juan Gomez

19 Rhys Oakley

20 Danny Paul

21 Dan White

22 Christian Lewis-Pratt

23 Semi Tadulala