Llanelli keep four players from the side that beat Leicester Tigers in the
Heineken Cup last weekend for their top-of-the-table Welsh/Scottish clash at Newport tonight (Kick-off 7.05pm).
Wayne Proctor, Neil Boobyer, Garan Evans and Martyn Madden survive, but
Coach Gareth Jenkins has made eleven changes to the side and brought in two players promoted from the club's U21 squad for their first starts of
Scarlets Under 21 captain and No8 Aled Gravell and talented centre Tal Selley, who was promoted to the first team squad at the beginning of the
season, both add new blood to the Llanelli line-up.
Jenkins is resting his international players with one eye on the Scarlet's
Heineken Cup quarter final tie against Bath next week.
"Some of the unsung heroes of the club are getting a chance to shine this
evening," said Jenkins.
"But we have assembled a good squad of players at Stradey Park this season and this is a game we want to win.
"Of course we have one eye on the Bath game next week, but we are in the
business of winning rugby games at Llanelli and we want to maintain that
Llanelli: Barry Davies; Wayne Proctor, Neil Boobyer, Tal Selley, Garan
Evans; Gareth Bowen, Dwayne Peel; Phil booth, Marcus Thomas (Capt), Martyn
Madden, Luke Gross, Craig Gillies, Scott Morgan, Dafydd Jones, Aled Gravell
Replacements: Phil John, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Vernon Cooper, Gareth
Williams, Guy Easterby, Paul Fisher
The WRU has teamed up with Crawshay's to tour Georgia in June. The side, which will be called the Crawshays WRU President's XV, will play Emerging Georgia twice, in a tour which supports the Welsh Government's efforts to grow relations between the two countries.
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.