Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 23 December 2011 12:23    PDF Print Write e-mail
Big Mac Gets to 100
International - Americans Overseas

Mike MacDonald makes his 100th appearance for Leeds Dec. 26.

It's 100 for Mike MacDonald as he prepares to lead Leeds against Doncaster December 26.

Mike MacDonald joined Leeds in 2006 and has made 83 appearances in the starting line up and a further 16 off the bench. Earlier this year he became the most capped player of all time for the USA (and the record0holder for most World Cup appearances), and this weekend, as he captains Leeds against the Knights on Boxing Day, he becomes the seventh player to play 100 matches for Leeds.

MacDonald follows in the footsteps of Mike Shelley (209), Rob Rawlinson (163), Tom Palmer (152), Mark Luffman (127, Rhys Oakley (107) and Kearnan Myall (104).

Head Coach Diccon Edwards has made two enforced changes to the side that defeated Cornish Pirates in their last outing in the Championship. Scott Freer comes in at hooker for Andy Titterrell, who has joined Aviva Premiership side Sale on loan. The two players that moved in the opposite direction as part of that deal, Will Cliff and Jordan Davies, are among the replacements for the game at Doncaster. Whilst centre Joe Barker is ruled out as a precaution after suffering a minor groin injury recently, Scott Barrow comes in at centre.

Also on the bench, Phil Nilsen is back available after his two game suspension and Sam Lockwood returns in place of Cameron Zeiss.

The squad in full is:
15. Tommy Bell
14. Michael Stephenson
13. Iain Thornley
12. Scott Barrow
11. Pete Lucock
10. Joe Ford
9. Craig Hampson
1. Mike MacDonald
2. Scott Freer
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Dan Hemingway
5. Sean Hohneck
6. Ryan Burrows
7. Jacob Rowan
8. Danny Paul

16. Phil Nilsen
17. Sam Lockwood
18. Mo Mustafa
19. Tom Denton
20. Richard Beck
21. Will Cliff
22. Jordan Davies