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
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.