Llanelli look to consolidate their place at the top of the Welsh/Scottish
League today (Saturday) with a victory over Glasgow - one of only three side's to beat them in the competition this season.
The Scarlets went down to Glasgow at Hughendon in September the week after a
loss at Stradey Park to Swansea, who also gained a victory in the return
fixture at St Helens.
The only other team to beat the table-topping Heineken Cup semi-finalists in
the League this year are title challengers Newport, but a victory over
Glasgow at Stradey Park will guarantee the Scarlets hold on to the top spot
for another week.
Director of rugby Gareth Jenkins has injury worries over Stephen Jones (groin), Neil Boobyer (ankle) and Wayne Proctor (foot) and is resting Simon
Easterby and Martyn Madden - but his preparations for next week's European
clash with Leicester received a massive boost when Scott Quinnell came through 80 minutes of rugby unscathed earlier in the week.
"Scott needs to get another game under his belt before the Leicester game,"
"This is not the team that we would have liked to have chosen for a game of
this magnitude, but we have been forced to make a few changes due to injuries.
"That said, the whole squad has played an equal part in our progress in the
League so far this season and, if we are going to achieve the success we want, it will be because of the quality of this squad."
Jenkins makes eight changes, three positional, to the side that beat Pontypridd in the Principality Cup Final dress rehearsal at Stradey park
Garan Evans moves to full-back in place of Barry Davies with Mark Jones switching to the wing he vacates. Leigh Davies returns to centre with Salesi
Finau moving back to wing and Dwayne Peel is preferred to Guy Easterby at
Robin McBryde comes in for Marcus Thomas at hooker, Vernon Cooper joins the second row in place of Luke Gross and David Hodges returns to the back row
for the rested Easterby.
Llanelli: Garan Evans, Mark Jones, Tal Selley, Leigh Davies, Salesi Finau,
Gareth Bowen, Dwayne Peel, Phil Booth, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Vernon
Cooper, Chris Wyatt, David Hodges, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell (Captain)
Replacements: Martyn Madden, Marcus Thomas, Luke Gross, Dafydd Jones, Guy
Easterby, A.N. Other, Barry Davies
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.