YMCA’s new director of rugby Damon Scholes will be expecting his side to hit the ground running against promoted Barnsley in their Yorkshire II League opener at Laund Hill tomorrow (3.00).
Former St Joseph’s RL man Leon Alexis-Bailey replaces former flier Adam Ryder, on the opposite wing is Chris Beever, and another recruit is Chris Williams at stand-off.
Stuart Morton and Gavin Stead are the more familiar faces at centre while Tim Horner is at full-back.
The starting pack is very much the same as last year, although Mark Lockwood (ex-Huddersfield) is in.
YM also have new Fijian signing Tuivalaku on the bench with Simon Wilson and Sam Hodge.
“Pre-season has been excellent, and we’ve had the best numbers turning for some time” said Scholes. “We’ve changed training nights to Monday and it seems to have worked. The only downside is we’ve not had any good pre-season friendlies with all the teams we had lined up pulling out.”
YMCA: Horner; Alexis-Bailey, Stead, Morton, Beever; Williams, Marshall. Dyke (Ste), Dyke (Stu), Lockwood, Whitehead, Hellawell, Walker, Leonne-Mazza, Pollock. Res: Tuivalaku, Hodge, Wilson.