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Saturday, 20th December 2008    

Local derbies always arouse passion and the fixture at Warwick Road on Saturday will be no exception.  In the first exchange of the season at Bower Park in September, the black reds just edged it.  Carlisle will be looking for revenge to maintain their progress ahead of Aspatria in the North 2 East table.

The centre partnership forged for the last match with Durham, Ross Olney and Chris Harris, is maintained.  Harris has been consistent all season and Olney sent out signs that he wants to keep his place and is rewarded accordingly.

Wing berths are occupied by Barry Earl and Dan Holmes.  Holmes has produced promising displays for the Crusaders recently and came of the bench against Durham for his first team debut.  He did sufficient to encourage coach, Richard Metcalf, to reward him with a full debut.

Dan Holmes - making full debut against Aspatria

Dan Holmes - making full debut against Aspatria

George Graham takes over at scrum half from Ben Blain and he partners the Carlisle leading points scorer, Glen Weightman, who continues at outside half.

A change in the front row brings in Mark Allan for Martin McGimpsey (his wife is due to give birth on Saturday).



Mark Barron comes in on the flank for Bobby Sherlock with Matt Charters the other wing forward to support Lee Brumpton at eight.

The bench is made up of Martin Burnett (forwards) and Matt Rogers (backs) with recent signing, Nigel Arismandez, making up the trio of replacements.

Arismandez prefers playing at lock but is also comfortable in the centre.

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