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Anglo-Welsh Cup a fantastic platform to nurture local talent

Fixture Change – Saracens v Newcastle

Whilst the rivalry between Scarlets and Bath Rugby dates back to the 19th century, with the first recorded game between the two teams in 1896, the Anglo-Welsh Cup competition focuses on the development of the next generation of stars as the two sides meet on Friday night.

The Scarlets have long used the Anglo-Welsh Cup as a platform to continue the development of the region’s up-and-coming young local talent and this season promises to be no different.

Click here for the latest Anglo-Welsh Cup tables and an explanation of the format of the tournament

Two of the current crop making a name for themselves in the GUINNESS PRO12, hooker Ryan Elias and flanker Will Boyde, got their regional careers underway in the cross border competition.

Elias and Boyde, who were named Guinness Man of the Match after stellar performances against Cardiff Blues and Glasgow Warriors respectively, are just two examples of the Anglo-Welsh Cup’s success in unearthing raw talent.

Both Elias and Boyde developed to their current standings from grassroots showing that the region’s development pathway and partnership work with feeder clubs Carmarthen Quins, Llandovery and Llanelli continues to flourish.

Elias, 21, began his rugby career with Carmarthen Athletic under 8s before going on to win the Welsh Cup with their Youth. A call-up to Scarlets’ age grade sides followed before he went on to make his first senior appearance for Carmarthen Quins. His first senior Scarlets appearance came just three years ago (17th November 2013), against one of this season’s oppositions in both Anglo-Welsh Cup and European Rugby Champions Cup – Saracens!

After three appearances from the bench in the Guinness PRO12 at the tail end of 2014 Boyde, 21, was given his first opportunity in the starting XV in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against London Irish only last year (31st January 2015). He’s since gone on to make 20 appearances in the regional shirt. Boyde’s rugby career got underway with Narberth under 9s. He linked up with Elias at Carmarthen Athletic Youth and also played his first senior games with Carmarthen Quins.

This Friday will see the new crop of Scarlets in action at the Parc alongside members of the senior squad.

Make sure you’re at the Parc to support the region’s next generation! Tickets are available now from tickets.scarlets.wales or by calling 0871 871 8088.

Adult tickets only £10, juniors (6-16 years old) £1 and all under 5s go free.

Season Ticket Holders will be permitted free entry to Castell Howell South Stand. All seating unreserved.

The second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend. For full details of the tournament and tickets for the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

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