McGeechan: Yorkshire Carnegie planning road trips

Matt Smith at West Park, Leeds.
Matt Smith at West Park, Leeds.
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SCARBOROUGH RUFC will host Yorkshire Carnegie’s British & Irish Cup home game with Rotherham Titans next season.

For the past three campaigns, (Leeds) Carnegie have taken some fixtures ‘on the road’ around the county as part of chairman Sir Ian McGeechan’s vision to promote the sport throughout Yorkshire.

York, Otley and Wharfedale have all previously hosted B&I Cup contests for them but in 2014-15 the club is going further afield again.

Scarborough will welcome the two Championship clubs on Friday, October 10 (kick-off 8pm) while Huddersfield YMCA host Yorkshire Carnegie v Ulster Ravens in the first competitive meeting between those sides on Sunday, December 7 (2.30pm).

Also, Yorkshire head to Hull Ionians for a third successive season on Saturday, October 25 (2.30pm) to face Welsh opponents that have yet to be decided.

McGeechan said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Scarborough and Huddersfield YMCA into our circuit of venues who have hosted us for the On the Road games.

“It is vital for us to spread the word about Yorkshire Carnegie and our ambitions for rugby union in the county to as many people as possible and these games certainly allow this.

“We spoke to a number of clubs and venues and we were grateful for the time and effort each club made to host the three games. We were extremely impressed by, not just the set ups at Scarborough and Huddersfield YMCA, but also their enthusiasm to make the games big occasions for them as a club.”

Yorkshire, who are still mulling over applications for their head coach position after James Lowes left for Bradford Bulls in June, start the Championship season under their re-branded name at Cornish Pirates on September 7.

Meanwhile, former England captain John Spencer, who represented Headingley for so long as a player, has been appointed British & Irish Lions tour manager for New Zealand 2017.

The 66-year-old, who played on the 1971 Lions tour of New Zealand, inherits the role from Welshman Gerald Davies.

Spencer, who won 14 England caps between 1969 and 1971 and is Wharfedale president, said: “It is a huge privilege and honour to represent the Lions as tour manager, 46 years after I did so as a player.

“The Lions represent the core values of our sport, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent them as chairman.

“My predecessor Andy Irvine did a fantastic job in Australia (2013), and I am looking forward to following in his footsteps in the role.”

Carnegie try scorer, Josh Bainbridge. PIC: Steve Riding

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