Team announcement: Fisher puts faith in future talent

Head Coach Paul Fisher has named his side to take on Bridgend Ravens tomorrow, Saturday 25th September, kick-off 2.30pm.

Llanelli will make a welcome return to the more familiar surroundings of Parc y Scarlets after an almost 18-month hiatus.

Last weekend’s defeat, away to Aberavon, will only act as added motivation as the side looks to get its home form off to a winning start.

Fisher has made three changes to the starting XV that took on Aberavon at the Talbot Athletic Ground last weekend. Scarlets tighthead prop Alex Jeffries comes into the front row, alongside hooker Morgan MacRae and captain Dylan Evans. Ryan Jenkins replaces Ellis Thomas at number 8 with Eray Wilson given an opportunity on the wing, having featured from the replacements bench last weekend.

Looking ahead to the game head coach Paul Fisher said; “Aberavon were strong in the scrum last week and we’ll be looking to get some more possession tomorrow. It’s our first home game at Parc y Scarlets and we want to play with more tempo.

“We’ve trained to play a style of rugby that suits the fantastic ground here at the Parc and it’s definitely an incentive and a boost for the team to be returning home.

“We have bought into, and pride ourselves on, giving young players in the pathway an opportunity to play regular senior rugby. Tomorrow’s matchday 23 includes no less than four Scarlets Academy players (Archie, Josh, Sam and Harry) as well as 18-year old flanker Caine Rees-Jones.

“They bring with them a lot of energy and enthusiasm which undoubtedly lifts the squad as a whole.”

Llanelli RFC team to face Bridgend Ravens at Parc y Scarlets, Saturday 25th September kick-off 2.30pm;

15 Josh Phillips, 14 Eray Wilson, 13 Joe Roberts, 12 Ryan Davies, 11 Harrison Button, 10 Ioan Hughes, 9 Archie Hughes, 1 Dylan Evans (c), 2 Morgan MacRae, 3 Alex Jeffries, 4 Ed Couzens, 5 Ashleigh Hyndman, 6 Ellis Thomas, 7 Caine Rees-Jones, 8 Ryan Jenkins

Replacements; 16 Sam O’Connor, 17 Rhys Cherry, 18 Lewis Davies, 19 Sam Martin, 20 Elis Hopkins, 21 Harry Williams, 22 Iwan Evans, 23 Tristan James

Matchday information can be found here as we look forward to welcoming home and away supporters back to the Parc!

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 11 9 0 2 374 210 46
Newport 11 9 0 2 337 214 45
Aberavon 11 7 0 4 322 243 37
Llandovery 11 6 0 5 303 287 31
RGC 1404 11 6 0 5 286 244 31
Merthyr 11 5 0 6 329 294 31
Pontypridd 11 7 0 4 239 259 30
Carmarthen Quins 11 6 0 5 232 254 30
Bridgend Ravens 11 4 0 7 186 276 18
Swansea 11 3 0 8 212 269 18
Ebbw Vale 11 3 0 8 157 263 14
Llanelli 11 1 0 10 189 353 10