Llanelli return to action with cup clash against Newport

Llanelli have reshuffled their pack as they return to action against Newport in the Indigo Premiership Cup on Saturday (2.30pm).

Head coach Phil John has made six changes, five up front, to his starting XV as the club look to bounce back from their league defeat to Llandovery last time out.

In the front row, Rhys Davies and Rhys Cherry join loose-head Sam O’Connor. Tom Phillips captains the side from lock and is joined in the second row by Scarlet Morgan Jones.

In the back row, Ben Williams and Jacob Lloyd Lewis link up with Iwan Shenton.

Behind the scrum the only change sees Liam Hutchings come in on the left wing.

Llanelli lost their opening game in the cup competition to Swansea, while Newport opened up with a win over the All Whites.

LLANELLI v Newport (Saturday, December 3; Newport Stadium; 2.30pm)

15 Llew Smith; 14 Jac Davies, 13 Iestyn Gwilliam, 12 Eddie James, 11 Liam Hutchings; 10 Josh Phillips, 9 Harri Williams; 1 Sam O’Connor, 2 Rhys Cherry, 3 Rhys Davies, 4 Morgan Jones, 5 Tom Phillips (capt), 6 Iwan Shenton, 7 Jacob Lloyd Lewis, 8 Ben Williams.

Reps: 16 Llew Phillips-Taylor, 17 Tom Zoogah, 18 Will Couch, 19 Chris Long, 20 Luca Giannini,  21 Nathan Hart, 22 Gareth George, 23 Joe Hutchings.