Preview: Leeds Carnegie v Stade Français

Date published: October 17 2010

Leeds welcome back Steve Thompson for Sunday's Amlin Challenge Cup clash with French giants Stade Français in Headingley.

Leeds Carnegie welcome back England pair Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie along with skipper Marco Wentzel for Sunday's massive Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Stade Français at Headingley Carnegie.

Neil Back and Andy Key have retained Michael Stephenson, James Tincknell, Luther Burrell, Warren Fury, Gareth Hardy and Tom Denton from the side that won in Romania last Saturday however the rest of the side is changed.

Australian international Lachlan MacKay will make his first appearance since the opening day of the season and will start his first game at fly half.

Meanwhile, the Parisian visitors have rotated their squad as South African Noël Oelschig starts at fly-half with Pumas points machine Martin Rodriguez at full-back.

Flank Pierre Rabadan takes other the captaincy with plenty of internationals on the bench ready to bring some fireworks if needed.

The teams:

Leeds: 15 Michael Stephenson, 14 Semi Tadulala, 13 James Tincknell, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Lee Blackett, 10 Lachlan Mackay, 9 Warren Fury, 8 Rhys Oakley, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Jon Pendlebury, 5 Marco Wentzel (C), 4 Tom Denton, 3 Juan Gomez, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Gareth Hardy.
Replacements:16 Andy Titterrell, 17 Gareth Denman, 18 Miguel Alonso, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Daniel Browne, 21 Scott Mathie, 22 Ceiron Thomas, 23 Henry Faafili.

Stade Français : 15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Guillaume Bousses, 12 Jules Plisson, 11 Ollie Phillips, 10 Noel Oelschig, 9 Benjamin Tardy, 8 Hugues Briatte, 7 Pierre Rabadan, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Arnaud Marchois, 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Damien Weber.
Replacements:16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Mohamed Boughanmi, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Pascal Pape, 20 James Haskell, 21 Mauro Bergamasco, 22 Lionel Beauxis, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud,

Date: Sunday. October 17
Venue: Headingley Carnegie.
Kick-off: 17.45 BST (16.45 GMT)
Referee: Peter Allan