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
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.