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Knights aim for local bragging rights
Brett Davey has announced his squad for the all Yorkshire clash with Leeds Carnegie at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium this Sunday.

The Knights are buoyed by the return to action of long serving hooker, Steve Boden and crowd favourite Chris Planchant who claims the number eight jersey for his first start of the season since his re-arrival from Pontefract.

Whilst local lad Tom Davies also returns to the starting line-up after fully recovering from an early season injury having scored the last minute winner against London Scottish last weekend off the bench.

An injury to Andy Boyde keeps the ex-England Under 19 skipper, out of the line-up for the derby with his former club allowing Leinster recruit Michael Noone to take his place in the substitutes.

Davey is not underestimating Leeds despite the Headingley club’s poor start to the season and is keen to prove the Knights can perform away from Castle Park.

“It will be a tough game, they had a poor result at Pirates but we know they’re better than their last performance - it’s a local derby, a big game, and we need to maintain our momentum.

“It could be a tight first half since we both like to open up in the second period, they’re a young, fit side but so are we and we have to keep on coming at them from the first minute until the last.”

He described the game, which is the first of four all-Yorkshire league battles for the Knights this season, as a ‘showcase’ for rugby union in the county and expects the home grown players in his squad to rouse the passions of the team for the occasion.

Starting line-up

15 David McIlwaine
14 Dougie Flockhart
13 Ollie Goss
12 PJ Gidlow
11 Michael Keating
10 Tom Luke
9 Chris Hallam
1 Tom Davies
2 Steve Boden
3 Alex Brown
4 Matt Challinor
5 Glen Kenworthy
6 Latu Makaafi
7 Zack Farivarz
8 Chris Planchant

16 Andy Brown
17 Royce Burke-Flynn
18 Dom Parsons
19 Michael Noone
20 David Bradford
21 Lee Audis
22 Mike Whitehead

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