Former Springbok prop Adrian Garvey is all set to return to the Newport front row after serving his six match suspension following Leinster's
successful citing against him in the wake of the Celtic League quarter-
final in Dublin on 1 December.
Garvey is lined-up to play at tight head prop against the Welsh/Scottish
League leaders Llanelli at Rodney Parade on Friday night(kick-off 7.05pm)
for what is being described as the match of the season to date in Wales.
With Chris Anthony, Ian Gough, Andy Powell and Andy marinos having been
away with Graham Henry's Welsh Six Nations squad this week, Newport Rugby
coach Ian McIntosh has been considering his options in the pack.
"We haven't settled on the front five we will start with against Llanelli.
We have to assess the neck strain that Rod Snow has been suffering since the win over Newcastle and the physical demands that have been placed on our Welsh squad members," said Newport Rugby team manager Jim McCreedy.
"David Pattison is standing by to replace Snow if required, while there
will be a straight choice between Garvey and Anthony at tight head prop and Mike Voyle and Gough in the second row."
Marinos and Andy Powell have been named in the side, while Matt Pini returns at full back having missed his first match of the season against Newcastle.
His return to the No 15 jersey means Shane Howarth reverting back to outside half in place of Jason Strange.
Strange moves on the replacements bench along with the hat-trick hero from the Newcastle match, Matthew Watkins.
Watkins is replaced on the left wing
by fellow Wales A squad member Ben Breeze.
Llanelli currently lead the Welsh/ Scottish League table with 27 points from 12 games. Newport are in second place with 24 points from 10 matches, Neath sit in third with 21 points from 11 games.
If Newport win on Friday night they will go top of the table courtesy of a
better try count than Llanelli.
"It is going to be another big game for us and we are expecting another huge effort from Llanelli following their victory over Leicester in the
Heineken Cup last weekend," said Newport Rugby coach Ian McIntosh.
"Tactically, they were very correct against us in their win at Stradey Park. They shut us down until the final few minutes."
NEWPORT: Matt Pini; Matt Mostyn, Andy Marinos, Jon Pritchard, Ben Breeze;
Shane Howarth, Ofisa Tonu'u; Rod Snow/David Pattison, James Richards,
Adrian Garvey/Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Mike Voyle/Ian
Gough, Peter Buxton, Jason Forster, Andy Powell.
Replacements: AN Other, Paul Young, Ian Gough/Mike Voyle, Joe Powell,
Matthew Watkins, Jason Strange, Dale Burn.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.