JAMAL FAKIR will make his first-ever Super League start as a Bradford Bull this evening, after being included in head coach Francis Cummins' first 13 for the visit of arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos.
The French international, who arrived at The Provident Stadium earlier this month, lines up alongside fellow prop Manase Manuokafoa and hooker Adam O'Brien – in the front row – for tonight's game.
In the second row Dale Ferguson partners loan signing Danny Bridge, who returns to Bulls action after this week agreeing to extend his deal with the club, with loose forward James Donaldson completing the pack.
Matty Blythe reverts to centre for the first time in 2014 and the former Warrington Wolves talent is to be joined by Brett Kearney – making his 100th appearance for the club, Elliot Kear, Adrian Purtell and Adam Henry in the Bradford backline.
With captain Matt Diskin out injured, Luke Gale will skipper the Bulls alongside Lee Gaskell in the halves.
Jamie Foster misses out through illness, meaning Tom Olbison, Danny Addy, Adam Sidlow and ex-Rhino Chev Walker are to appear from the interchange bench.