Scarlets Must Deal With Injuries Before Facing Ravens
28 March 2002 16:25
Llanelli have been struck by injuries as they prepare to face Bridgend in the Principality Cup quarter-finals at Stradey Park on Saturday (Kick-off 2.30pm) - forcing coach Gareth Jenkins to delay his team announcement until
Captain Scott Quinnell is likely to be ruled out, his troublesome knee will need rest after facing England at Twickenham last week.
Wing Wayne Proctor turned an ankle in training and he will miss the visit of
the Ravens, as will back row Simon Easterby who has strained his neck.
Centre Leigh Davies is also doubtful after a knee operation.
However, the Scarlets will be boosted by the return to full fitness of Wales
wing Mark Jones, set to start his first match since Christmas, and will use the opportunity to show the strength and depth of their squad.
Full-back Matt Cardey has recovered from a broken leg to return to light
training alongside fly-half Stephen Jones, who suffered back spasms which
ruled him out of Wales' visit to England last week.
Llanelli will enter into the Easter spirit as they attempt to top their own
domestic Cup record and take the trophy for a twelve time. An Easter bunny will dish out free eggs to children, and a bouncy castle, bucking bronco, fireworks and Disco Dancers will all be on show.
A high turn-out is expected with 3,000 tickets already sold and the Easter
sunshine set to bring in a significant walk up crowd for the 2.30pm kick-off.
"We are still uncertain about the back row and outside half positions," said
director of rugby Jenkins.
"We have to wait until Friday to finalise the side. We don't know about
Scott, and Simon is very doubtful at the moment.
"Leigh Davies also has a problem with the tendons in his knee and we are concerned there will be a reaction to the training he is doing before the
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series