London Irish and Pontypridd have announced their teams for Saturdays PARKER PEN SHIELD semi-final to be played at the Kassam Stadium Oxford.
London Irish make three changes to the starting line up that won the Prestigious Powergen Cup last weekend. Neal Hatley takes over at loose head prop from Mike Worsley who is injured. Squad rotation sees Richard Kirke and Simon Halford starting in place of Naka Drotske and Rob Hardwick respectively.
Lyn Howells has named a strong Pontypridd side which includes Wales A captain Mefin Davies, and PARKER PEN ever present Paul John.
15 Michael Horak 14 Paul Sackey 13 Geoff Appleford12 Brendan Venter 11 Justin Bishop 10 Barry Everitt 9 Hentie Martens 1 Neal Hatley 2 Richard Kirke 3 Simon Halford 4 Ryan Strudwick (captain) 5 Steve Williams 6 Eddie Halvey7 Declan Danaher 8 Chris Sheasby
Replacements16 Darren Edwards 17 James brown 18 Rob Hoadley 19 James Cockle 20 Naka Drotske 21 Glenn Delaney 22 Rob Hardwick
15 Brett Davey 14 Gareth Wyatt 13 Sonny Parker 12 Jon Bryant 11 Nigel Simpson
10 Ceri Sweeney 9 Paul John 1 Gethin Jenkins 2 Mefin Davies 3 Duncan Bell 4 Brent Cockbain 5 Robert Sidoli 6 Nick Kelly 7 Richard Parks 8 Michael Owen
16 Gareth Baber 17 Jason Lewis 18 Alex Lawson 19 Matthew Rees 20 Sven Cronk / Lloyd Howell 21 Dale McIntosh / Richard Field 22 Glen Remnant
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
Wales U20 captain Tom Phillips and performance psychologist Dr Rich Neil explain why spending three days at Monmouth RFC has further strengthened the togetherness of the squad ahead of the #WorldRugbyU20s