The Neath team to play Pontypridd at Sardis Road on Friday 8th March, kick off at 7.05pm will be selected from the following squad: Gareth Morris, Kevin James, James Storey, Allan Bateman, Shane Williams, Lee Jarvis, Andy Moore, Nathan Bonner-Evans, Brett Sinkinson, Alfie Mocelutu, John Slade, Steve Martin, Andrew Millward, Steve Jones, Duncan Jones, Adam Matthews, Dave Tiueti, Adam Jones, Rowland Phillips, Steve Tandy, Dean Dewdney, Patrick Horgan
Assistant Coach, Rowland Phillips said "Pontypridd have become a difficult side to beat. After under performing in the early part of the season, they are now a well organised and committed outfit. Since the return of Lyn Howells they have developed a strong defence, and we will have to take all opportunities to get points on the board. You have to have respect for any side with players like Mefin Davies, who is playing better than ever. I have a lot of time for their well balanced Centres, with Sonny Parker having exceptional pace, and Jonathan Bryant being a strong ball carrier. We are expecting a tough and extremely close match"
Gareth Llewellyn and Barry Williams will not travel to Sardis Road on Friday evening. Gareth Llewellyn aggravated a leg injury (a reoccurrence of an injury suffered against Ebbw Vale) whilst playing for Wales A against Italy A. Barry Williams sustained a rib injury after coming on as a replacement for Wales against Italy
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.