Scarlets team to face Worcester :: 09 Nov 12:27
New faces in the Scarlets line up.
15 Andy Fenby, 14 Kristian Phillips, 13 Gareth Maule (capt), 12 Adam Warren, 11 Lee Williams, 10 Aled Thomas, 9 Aled Davies, 1 Shaun Hopkins, 2 Kirby Myhill, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Johan Snyman, 6 Craig Price, 7 Dan Thomas, 8 Kieran Murphy.
Replacements: Richard Wilkes, Gareth Thomas, Peter Edwards, George Earle, Johnathan Edwards, Rhodri Williams, Owen Williams, Nick Reynolds.
Phil John and Morgan Stoddart are rested.
With 15 Scarlets internationals now on duty during the autumn series, the West Wales side focuses its attention on the competition they flew the flag for in Wales in last season – winning all of their pool matches and reaching the semi-finals.
The LV=Cup which sees English and Welsh sides compete during the international window, with four clubs in four pools and teams facing four matches two home and two away against opposition in a different pool.
The Scarlets convincingly won their group last season ahead of English clubs Harlequins, Gloucester and Newcastle but were beaten to a final place by Northampton Saints (27-12) away from home.
After back-to-back wins in their last two RaboDirect PRO12 games and sitting second in the league, the Scarlets will want to build on their positive momentum in their competition opener ahead their second LV=Cup clash – a thrilling Welsh derby against Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets next Saturday.
It’s a warm welcome to the Scarlets jersey for new South African tight-head signing Jacobie Adriaanse. The 27 year-old Prop from MTN Lions is highly regarded as a technical scrummager and effective ball carrier with strong defensive skills and has been playing Super Rugby at the Lions for the past two years.
It’s also a first start of the season for some more familiar Scarlets including last season’s centre sensation Adam Warren who partners the Captain for the trip to Sixways Gareth Maule. Young scrum-half Aled Davies gets his first start after making an impressive impact off the bench against Zebre last weekend. Lee Williams returns to the wing for his first apperance of the season and new Australian lock signing Jake Ball gets his first start for the region.
Welsh qualified 21 year-old lock Jake Ball signed with West Wales region on a deal that will see him based at Parc y Scarlets for the next three years. Qualified to play for Wales through his North Walian father who is from Colwyn Bay, Jake Ball is another great developing prospect for both the Scarlets and Wales.
The big young Australian lock stands at 6ft 7” and weighs in over 120kg and is regarded as one of the most promising rising talents in the Pindan Premier Grade competition. Ball has been training most recently with Super 15 side Western Force as part of their 2012 pre-season, and has been identified by the Scarlets as a player that could make huge strides in the next year.
Scarlets Head Coach Simon Easterby said: “The LV=Cup was a highlight for us last season in terms of how well we competed, providing a number of emerging Scarlets with the chance to pit themselves against strong English opposition.
“We are once again handing opportunities this weekend to a number of the boys who have been working hard in training as part of our squad but have not had their chance to start. This is their chance – and we’ll see a number of talented and committed developing players showing their ambition.
“We also have some key experience within this line- up to give strong foundations and we know from our pre-season fixture against Worcester, it be a very competitive game with plenty of physicality. It’s going to be a good test and will show the intent and depth of talent within our Scarlets squad.
“We have a number of players, including some recent arrivals, who eager to prove themselves and we know will take great pride in wearing the Scarlets jersey on Saturday afternoon. This is the competition where we give exposure to highly competitive rugby as part of younger players’ progression and experience but also and their development into players with a mindset to win.”