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Scarlets debutant duo ready to take on Saints

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Scarlets will take on Northampton Saints in the region’s LV= Cup opener at Parc y Scarlets on Friday 7th November, kick-off 7.30pm.

Two of the region's young talents will make their debuts on Friday evening with scrum half Kieran Hardy and second row Shaun Jones rewarded for strong performances in the British and Irish Cup in recent weeks.
 
The next generation players, which include last week's debutant Steffan Evans and former Wales Under 20s captain Steffan Hughes, are supported in the starting XV by some of the region's more experienced players.
 
South African second row George Earle will captain the side and props Phil John and Peter Edwards as well as flanker Rob McCusker, who returns from injury, add experience and maturity to the pack.
 
Steven Shingler, who scored 23 points against Zebre last weekend, remains at outside half with Jordan Williams making a return to the wing. Frazier Climo partners Williams on the wing  with Gareth Owen adding experience at centre.
 
Scarlets LV= Cup squad coach Ioan Cunningham said: "We have a lot of experienced guys and international age grade players and they've had experience in the LV= Cup and Guinness PRO12. It's great that they get more time in the shirt.
 
"We're all about winning our home games and in the hard conditions last week I thought the result was excellent and led into this week nicely for us.
 
"We have to win our home games, its something we take massive pride in. We have to make this place somewhere that is really difficult to come and get a result and every home game is huge for us."
 
With two young Scarlets making their debuts tomorrow night Cunningham went on to say: "This time of year is about using the squad and giving people opportunities and hopefully we unearth talent like we have in the past.
 
"It is a great challenge, Saints are a very good side. They beat Newcastle quite comfortably last weekend and they've got a big strong squad. That's what these guys need, they need to be challenged and exposed at this level to make sure they progress."
 
Scarlets team to take Northampton Saints:
 
15 Steff Evans, 14 Jordan Williams, 13 Steffan Hughes, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Frazier Climo, 10 Steven Shingler, 9 Kieran Hardy, 1 Phil John, 2 Kirby Myhill, 3 Peter Edwards, 4 Shaun Jones, 5 George Earle ©, 6 Rob McCusker, 7 James Davies, 8 Rory Pitman
 
Replacements:

Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Jacobie Adriaanse, Phil Day, Sion Bennett, Rhodri Davies, Josh Lewis, Aaron Warren

Unavailable for selection:

Gareth Davies (knee), Connor Lloyd (knee), Ken Owens (neck), Regan King (hamstring), Adam Warren (knee), Lewis Rawlins (hamstring), Richard Kelly (forearm), Kristian Phillips (cheekbone), Kyle Evans (hand), Harry Robinson, Rob Evans, John Barclay, Aaron Shingler, Johan Snyman, Michael Tagicakibau, Aled Davies (all rested)
 

 

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