Gareth Jenkins has made five changes, one positional, to the side that beat Bridgend in the quarter finals to face Ebbw Vale in the Principality Cup semis at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon (Saturday 13 April Kick-off:
The Llanelli director of rugby, who takes the Scarlets into their 23rd semi-final out of a possible 31 in the competition, has brought veteran Wales wing Wayne Proctor back to the side, Dwayne Peel to scrum-half, Simon Easterby into the back row and Luke Gross in at lock.
Neil Boobyer moves to the bench in favour of Salesi Finau, who gives up his wing berth to Proctor to partner Leigh Davies at centre.
Gross and Easterby join the forwards in a straight swop with Chris Wyatt and Dafydd Jones, who revert to the bench, and Peel is preferred to Guy Easterby at scrum-half.
Jenkins is preparing his side for a Heineken Cup semi final meeting with
European champions Leicester Tigers in a fortnight's time. That trophy would be the jewel in the crown but he holds the Principality Cup, which the Scarlets have won a record 11 times, in equally high esteem.
"This is a big week for this club and we hold the Principality Cup trophy in
high regard," said Jenkins.
"We have three games in seven days, I have picked a team for the first one and we are going to take it one step at a time.
"The doubleheaders at Millennium Stadium have always been tremendous
occasions and I hope we can rise to the challenge and maintain momentum with a win."
LLANELLI: Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Salesi Finau, Leigh Davies, Wayne Proctor; Stephen Jones (Captain), Dwayne Peel; Martyn Madden, Robin
McBryde, John Davies, Vernon Cooper, Luke Gross, Simon Easterby, Ian Boobyer, David Hodges
Phil Booth, Marcus Thomas, Chris Wyatt, Dafydd Jones, Guy Easterby, Gareth
Bowen, Tal Selley
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.