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More young players given opportunity to shine in Anglo-Welsh Cup clash

Aled Davies

Scarlets will take on Newport Gwent Dragons in their second Anglo-Welsh Cup outing on Friday evening, 18th November, looking to continue with their winning momentum after securing an emphatic 44-21 victory over Bath Rugby last weekend.

Scarlets handed opportunities to a number of young players last week with three of the region’s young talent in Ryan Conbeer, Nicky Thomas and Jack Maynard making their debuts whilst Taylor Davies, Declan Smith and Billy McBryde made their first competitive appearances in the famous Scarlets jersey.

Scarlets’ Anglo-Welsh Cup head coach Ioan Cunningham has continued in the same vein with this week’s selection.

18-year-old back Corey Baldwin, formerly of Llandeilo RFC and Llandovery College, comes in to the starting line-up for his fellow Scarlets Academy member Ryan Conbeer.

Baldwin is the only change by Cunningham to the backline with centre Gareth Owen taking the reins as Scarlets captain for the first time.

Hooker Dafydd Hughes, 20, and prop Nicky Thomas, 22, have been named in the front row alongside Dylan Evans looking to make their first competitive debuts for the region. The coaches have opted for consistency in the second and back row.

Looking ahead to the Anglo-Welsh Cup clash against the Dragons Cunningham said; “The Dragons are a quality side, especially at home. Rodney Parade is a tough place to go, for us as Scarlets we don’t play there anymore as we tend to meet them in Judgement Day. For this young group it’s going to be a great experience going to Rodney Parade and playing in a great environment.

“We’ve got to concentrate on our performance and what we want to take in to the game. I’m sure the Dragons, doesn’t matter who they pick, will be a tough challenge and a strong side, especially at home.

“That’s what we’re focussing on – our performance, players backing up that performance last week and trying to continue that winning momentum especially as we head back into the Guinness PRO12 next week.”

Scarlets team to take on Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, Friday 18th November, kick-off 7.30pm;

15 Tom Williams, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Ioan Nicholas, 12 Gareth Owen ©, 11 Corey Baldwin, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Aled Davies, 1 Dylan Evans, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 3 Nicky Thomas, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 6 Jack Condy, 7 Joshua Macleod, 8 Morgan Allen

Replacements: Taylor Davies, Luke Garret, Simon Gardiner, Ben Thompson, Tom Phillips, Declan Smith, Jack Maynard, Billy McBryde

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