All Golds face Rochdale Hornets this Sunday, as they look for their first win of the Championship One season.
However it will be another difficult test for the All Golds, as they attempt to ensure they aren't at the foot of the table come Sunday evening. The match at the Prince of Wales stadium kicks off at 3pm.
Opponents Rochdale have had an indifferent start to the season, with two victories and two defeats thus far. They currently sit 6th in the table, but have a game in hand over all off the opponents above them bar Oldam. The home side on the other hand have lost all of their games to date, picking up just one point, and are three points behind 8th placed London Skolars.
All Golds head coach Brad Hepi is looking for an improved performance from the home side, and discussed the importance of utilising the Prince of Wales crowd. He said: "We must start using our home advantage to help us secure some much needed points, and what better way to come back from a two week break than with the spoils of what will surely be an entertaining game."
Regarding team news for the All Golds new signing Pat Smith is banned. He has impressed in his two games so far, but is banned for a match after being sent off in the clubs fixture against Hemel Stags. However, there are three new signings for the home team, adding some much needed competition to the starting line-up. Chris Vitilini, Lewis Reece, and Matthew Blake are all in contention for home debuts. Winger Maxime Claustres could also feature, after an impressive return to play in the All Golds defeat against Gateshead earlier this month.
The curtain raiser for the game will be provided by the All Golds U20's against Rochdale Hornets U20's side. The All Golds academy club have performed exceptionally well to date, with a clinical victory over Hemel Stags, and eight of the current squad picked for participation in the England Colleges team.
All Golds U20's head coach Daniel Garbutt is looking forward to the fixture. He said: "Our All Golds U20 academy face their toughest test yet today, and speaking on behalf of the coaching team, that's exactly how we like it! Facing a team with a heritage such as Rochdale as a curtain raiser to the first team, is exactly the challenge that our young squad needs, and is the sort of game they all work so hard for.
In other news, the All Golds U16's side have also been performing brilliantly. They travelled to the heartlands of rugby league last weekend, defeating Warrington side Bank Quay Bulls 46 points to 4. This result means that the All Golds have scored 102 points, and only conceded 4 in their opening two fixtures against northern opposition. The following few weeks provide further tests for the All Golds U16s, with tough games against Wales U16s and the Combined Regional U17s Academies.
For tickets to this weekend's game, or for more information about the All Golds, visit www.allgoldsrugby.com. Adults tickets cost £10, and concessions £6.
All Golds side will be selected from the following:
Phil Cowburn, James Gahan, Callum Mulkeen, Yannic Parker, Tim Bergin, James Greene, Matt Bradley, Mike Stewart, Rory Sharratt, Tyla Hepi, Sam Blaney, Rich Jones, Jordan Rice, Joe McClean, Marcus Brown, Maxime Claustres, Pat Evans, James Walter, Marcus Brooker, Brendan Smith, Ollie Yeats, Jamie Crowther, Mike Norman, Mike Venn, Tawanda Chipadza, Brad Hepi, Pat Smith, Chris Vitilini, Lewis Reece, Matthew Blake
Following the success of both Run with the Rhinos and Children's Day, Leeds Rugby Foundation now look ahead to the next key event of the year which is the annual Dick Gibson Ambassador Festival of Rugby on Sunday 31st August, from 10am until 4pm at Leeds Rugby Academy, Kirkstall.
Earlier this month the latest Leeds Rugby Fans Forum was held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, where members were able to hear from guest speakers Davide Longo from the Leeds Rugby Foundation and Julia Lee from the RFL.