Leeds Carnegie line-up potential Yorkshire cup derby

Luther Burrell.
Luther Burrell.
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Leeds Carnegie have to conquer English teams if they are to reach the final of the British and Irish Cup.

The Headingley club have been handed a favourable quarter-final draw with Plymouth Albion in the last eight, after progressing from their group with five wins from six games.

Should they win that game – to be played on the weekend of April 4/5/6 – then James Lowes’ side will visit the winner of the Bristol versus Rotherham Titans tie. Should Bristol prevail it will set up a fifth game between the two former long-standing Premiership clubs, after the two met in the pool stages of the competition and shared a victory apiece.

In the other half of the draw, Munster and Leinster’s A teams will meet with the winner advancing to face the victors from the remaining quarter-final tie between Cornish Pirates and the only Welsh team left in the competition, Pontypridd.

Meanwhile, Stuart Lancaster is excited by the possibility of selecting three uncapped players for England’s Six Nations opener against France in Paris.

Uncapped trio Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson and former Leeds Carnegie player Luther Burrell could start in the backline for Saturday’s showdown at the Stade de France. Lancaster insists that if he believes they are ready for one of the Six Nations’ biggest fixtures, they will be thrown into battle.

“I’ve never shied away from giving people without much experience opportunities. At some point you have to do it,” said Lancaster.

“This time two years ago I selected seven players with no caps for Scotland away.

“There is a balance to strike, but I’ve always been reasonably confident to pick inexperienced players if I feel they’re ready. For me it’s exciting to give young players opportunities, particularly if they’ve been performing well for their clubs.”

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