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Carnegie’s form thrills McGeechan

March 14, 2014 11:46:57 UK

Leeds Carnegie chairman Sir Ian McGeechan believes that they have the capabilities to obtain promotion to the Aviva Premiership this campaign.

The Yorkshire club currently reside in second place in the Championship with the top four in the division going into the end-of-season play-offs.

They sealed an 18-13 triumph over Jersey last weekend as they secured their fifth successive victory in the division. With 12 points now separating Carnegie from fifth-placed London Scottish, Leeds should comfortably qualify for the semi-finals.

I think we might need one or two additions but we are starting to play some incredible rugby.

Sir Ian McGeechan

And following their announcement to change their name to Yorkshire Carnegie recently, which McGeechan hopes will bring back the supporters, the former British & Irish Lions head coach insists that they have the quality in the team to go up.

He said: “I think we might need one or two additions but we are starting to play some incredible rugby.

“If the attitude is right, and there is an honesty there, which there is, (then we can succeed). Jimmy (head coach James Lowes) has done a fantastic job in that sense because all the players want to come to training, want to come to the club and be part of it, and they’re not looking to go elsewhere.

“The players are representing Yorkshire. I spoke to the players about it. They know I’ve been trying to push this because some of them came through our academy and come from other parts of the county anyway, so they associate with that very, very easily.

“Yorkshire is a powerful name and if it represents everything properly that’s the strength it has.”

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