FIRST-EVER START FOR FAKIR

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17th April 2014

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.

 

STARTING LINE-UP

Brett Kearney

Elliot Kear

Matty Blythe

Adrian Purtell

Adam Henry

Lee Gaskell

Luke Gale

Manase Manuokafoa

Adam O'Brien

Jamal Fakir

Danny Bridge

Dale Ferguson

James Donaldson

INTERCHANGE

Tom Olbison

Danny Addy

Adam Sidlow

Chev Walker

FIRST-EVER START FOR FAKIR DOMAIN