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Leeds Carnegie's Mackay expecting toughest season ever

Lachlan MacKay
Mackay spent two seasons at Brive before joining Leeds Carnegie in July

Leeds Carnegie's Lachlan MacKay has said he believes the Premiership will be his toughest test as a player.

The Australian, 27, along with fellow Leeds new signing Steve Thompson, moved from French club Brive in the summer, where MacKay had spent two seasons.

"In the Premiership, every game is a hard slog, there just isn't an easy game," Mackay told BBC Radio Leeds.

"Whereas in the Top 14 you can have an off day and probably still beat one or two of the lower teams."

The former Western Force man will compete for both the fly-half and inside centre shirt for the new season.

"There are not many people around that seem to play both positions," he continued. "I guess centre has come more about the big ball runners, getting over the gain line.

"I grew up playing all my life at fly-half in Australia, then I got to Brive and Andy Goode was there, so I played inside centre.

"I think my size has helped me to transfer out to the centre. I can be used as a bit of a battering ram if needed and make those tackles in defence.

I feel the setup, culture and coaches at Leeds will help me play my best ever rugby

Lachlan Mackay

Mackay added: "I enjoy playing both positions and the ball gets shifted around more and you need two generals in your paddock in your 10 and 12 to control things. So I'm not too fazed about playing either position.

"I feel the setup, culture and coaches at Leeds will help me play my best ever rugby and I'm looking forward to it."

BBC Radio Leeds will provide full match commentary of every Leeds Carnegie game this season on 774 AM & DAB.



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