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 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.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.