Scarlets Premiership Select will take on Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday 11th March in their first ever British & Irish Cup quarter-final.
Dai Flanagan has named a strong side for the last eight contest calling on the experience of senior regional players, under the leadership of number eight Morgan Allen.
Declan Smith starts at scrum half having been released from Wales Under 20s camp for the Cup game and he will line up alongside exciting fly half Billy McBryde who is second in the leading points scorer table in the competition. Scarlets seniors Gareth Owen and Richard Smith add experience in the midfield whilst Wales 7s flyer Matthew Owen gets his first start in the competition as he lines up in the back-three with Tom Williams and Aled Thomas.
Winger Williams, who has scored eight tries in the competition so far, tops the try-scoring charts and will look to continue on his rich vein of form, that has seen him feature for the Scarlets in recent Guinness PRO12 clashes, this weekend.
A wealth of regional experience can be seen up front with former Wales Under 20s hooker Dafydd Hughes and former Wales Under 20s captain Tom Phillips adding youthful exuberance to what is a young but experienced pack.
Looking ahead to the game Scarlets Premiership Select Head Coach Dai Flanagan said; “We’ve come this far, we want to look for a result up there aswell. It’s a fast track, I’m looking forward to an exciting game where the boys can go out and really express themselves and show the talents they have.
“This is a competition as a region the players can develop in and play in a real knock-out game away from home. There are a number of Welsh players in their side, including former Scarlets, and I’m sure they’re looking forward to it as much as us. Ealing will be a good side and will be well supported.”
Scarlets Premiership Select side to take on Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday 11th March, kick-off 2pm;
15 Aled Thomas, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Richard Smith, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Matthew Owen, 10 Billy McBryde, 9 Declan Smith, 1 Luke Garrett, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 3 Nicky Thomas, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 6 Jack Condy, 7 Tom Phillips, 8 Morgan Allen [c]
Replacements; Rhys Fawcett, Taylor Davies, Javan Sebastian, Joe Powell, Shaun Evans, Connor Lloyd, Jack Maynard
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