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British and Irish Cup action for our Premiership Select teams kicks off this evening at Talbot Athletics ground with the Ospreys Premiership Select team facing London Scottish KO 7.30pm.

Ospreys Premiership Select head coach Dan Griffiths is looking for a major improvement this weekend from his side on home turf. He said: “It was obviously a disappointing start to our British and Irish Cup campaign to suffer a loss last week away at Yorkshire Carnegie, but it’s a test now for the boys to see how they can learn lessons from the game and their own performances to improve before this week’s match,” said Griffiths.

“We are a young side, the average age of our backs last week was just 19, and it’s obviously tough for them to face experienced professional teams. But I think despite the final score the boys gave a really good account of themselves.

“The team maintained possession well and were relentless in their attack of the try line on several occasions, particularly late in the first half , and it was probably just that lack of experience that cost them the opportunity to clock up a few more tries.

“We know we have another hard challenge on Friday as we take on London Scottish. They’re currently mid table in the Championship but have had some close games and they come into this game after beating Munster in the first round, which will give them a boost.

“We have worked on a few things with the squad in training this week and will be looking at the boys to give a more confident and accurate performance.”

The Ospreys Premiership Select team to play London Scottish at the Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot, in the British and Irish Cup, on Friday 20th November at 7.30pm, is as follows: 15. Richard Fussell © 14. Tom Williams 13. Joe Thomas 12. Owen Watkin 11. Keelan Giles 10. Joel Matavesi 9. Martin Roberts 1. Gareth Thomas 2. Scott Otten 3. Dan Suter 4. Matthew Dodd 5. Rhodri Hughes 6. Rhys Jones 7. Olly Cracknell 8. Ifereimi Boladau

Replacements: 16. Marc Thomas 17. Ieuan Davies 18. Cai Griffiths 19. James Ratti 20. Joe Tomalin-Reeves 21. Matthew Aubrey 22. Joe Gage

CARDIFF BLUES PREMIERSHIP SELECT

Full back Aled Summerhill and second row Cam Dolan are among the players called into the starting line-up for the Cardiff Blues Premiership Select as they face London Welsh in the British & Irish Cup at Old Deer Park on Saturday afternoon (2pm kick-off).

Head Coach Richard Hodges makes a number of changes to the side that drew 20-20 with Nottingham in the opening pool match at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

Summerhill is named in the No.15 jersey while Cardiff RFC centre Will Rees-Hole is called up to partner Wales Under-20 star Garyn Smith in midfield. While Owen Lane, who recently signed an Academy contract at Cardiff Blues, features on the wing.

Scott Andrews gets a start at tight-head prop while Miles Normandale is named in the second row to partner with Chris Dicomidis. American ace Dolan, who returns to full fitness starts at 6 and is joined in the back row by Joe Tomlinson and James Sheekey. Chris Williams, Jordan Viggers and Joe Jones are among the new faces among the replacements.

Head Coach Hodges said: “We’re looking forward to the London Welsh fixture and renewing some old rivalries at Old Deer Park.

“Last weekend’s game against Nottingham was dominated by the weather conditions so we are hoping for some better conditions to play the style of rugby we want to adopt in the cup competition.

“London Welsh will be aiming to bounce back from defeat to Cornish Pirates and were recently playing in the top-flight in England so we are aware of the challenge we will face in London.

“However, I’ve been really pleased by the enthusiasm and desire to improve in training this week and so we travel keen to secure our first win in the B&I Cup this season.”

Cardiff Blues Premiership Select: 15 Aled Summerhill, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Will Rees-Hole, 11 Geraint Walsh, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Lewis Jones; 1 Thomas Davies, 2 Joe Tomlinson, 3 Scott Andrews , 4 Miles Normandale 5 Chris Dicomidis, 6 Cameron Dolan ,7 Jevon Groves (c), 8 James Sheekey

Replacements: 16 Bradley Thyer, 17 Joe Jones, 18 Shane Lewis Hughes, 19 Jordan Viggers, 20 Chris Williams, 21 James Thomas, 22 Harry Davies

SCARLETS PREMIERSHIP SELECT

Scarlets Premiership Select XV head over the bridge on the weekend for the second round of the British & Irish Cup campaign taking on Championship side Bristol Rugby.

The young side, with an average age of only 20, will be looking to take the positives from last weekend’s 6-35 home defeat to Bedford Blues, into Sunday’s game against a very strong Bristol side.

Scarlets PSXV Head Coach Dai Flanagan said: “We have a big challenge ahead of us on the weekend. We are a very young group with the oldest player only 24 years of age taking on a very experienced Bristol side.

“We’ve only had one session as a group this week so the preparations have been tough. What we will be looking for from the young side is improvement in their game management.

“We have to learn from last week and move on. It’s nice to have players like Tom Williams and Rhodri Williams from the senior regional side to bring pace and some experience and particularly game management from the likes of Rhodri.”

Scarlets Premiership Select XV side to take on Bristol at Ashton Gate on Sunday; 15 Will Thomas (Llandovery), 14 Tom Williams (Scarlets), 13 Jacob Cowley (Scarlets/ Llandovery), 12 Billy McBryde (Scarlets Academy / Llanelli), 11 Nathan Edwards (Llanelli), 10 Josh Lewis (Scarlets / Llanelli), 9 Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), 1 Wyn Jones (Scarlets / Llandovery), 2 Kirby Myhill (Scarlets), 3 Will Taylor (Scarlets), 4 Josh Helps (Scarlets Academy/ Carmarthen Quins), 5 Jack Jones (Llanelli), 6 Tom Phillips (captain, Scarlets / Llanelli), 7 Owain Morgan (Llanelli), 8 Jack Condy (Scarlets / Llanelli)

Replacements: Ryan Elias (Scarlets / Carmarthen Quins), Rhys Thomas (Llanelli), Ben Leung (Scarlets/ Llanelli), Ben Thompson (Quins),  Shaun Evans (Carmarthen Quins), Connor Lloyd (Scarlets / Carmarthen Quins), Matthew Pearce (Scarlets Academy / Llanelli)

NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS PREMIERSHIP SELECT

Newport Gwent Dragons winger Aled Brew is one of two changes that has been made to the team that beat Connacht Eagles in the first round of the British and Irish Cup.

The regional side took away a bonus point win in Ireland and will look to remain at the top of the table this weekend by repeating the fantastic match they had last weekend as they take on Jersey RFC at Pandy Park, Sunday 22nd November KO 15:00.

Full back Geraint Rhys Jones retains his place and is joined by Dragons wingers Aled Brew and Aaron Warren. The centre partnership of Barney Nightingale and Adam Jones remains untouched as well as the half backs Angus O’Brien and Luc Jones.

The front row has one change made to it as Leon Brown joins fellow Cross Keys prop Luke Garrett. They are joined by hooker Hugh Gustafson, who once again is named as skipper. The second row retain their jerseys as Scott Andrews and Ashley Sweet are given the nod and the coaching staff have put their faith in a back row of Scott Matthews, James Benjamin and number 8 Harri Keddie.

The replacements bench has one change made to it as Josh Skinner is named alongside Thomas Rhys Thomas, Richard Cornock, Alex Jeffries, Adam Brown, Owen Davies and Arwel Robson.

Looking towards the match at Pandy Park this weekend, Cross Keys head coach Greg Woods commented: “It’s fantastic to be playing at Pandy Park. It’s my home ground and we (Cross Keys) have had some great experiences in the British and Irish Cup tournament but we are all really excited about how this new team is formed alongside the principles and values that support that.

“But for me to be coaching a Newport Gwent Dragons Premiership Select side at my home ground is a fantastic responsibility which I am looking forward to.”

Woods also commented on the opposition and what he thought they would bring to the match this Sunday: “Jersey RFC is going to be a typical English Championship side with a big heavy pack dominating the game. We have got to make sure that we match that up front and try and get the pace of the game really high.

“It’s a huge challenge physically but its one that the boys from Gwent will thrive on.”

Newport Gwent Dragons Premiership Select team to face Jersey RFC: Geraint Rhys Jones (Dragons), Aled Brew (Dragons), Barney Nightingale (Newport RFC/ Dragons Academy), Adam Jones (Ebbw Vale), Aaron Warren (Dragons), Angus O’Brien (Crosskeys/ Dragons), Luc Jones (Dragons); Luke Garrett (Crosskeys/ Dragons), Hugh Gustafson © (Dragons), Leon Brown (Crosskeys/ Dragons Academy), Scott Andrews (Crosskeys/ Dragons), Ashley Sweet (Ebbw Vale), Scott Matthews (Crosskeys), James Benjamin (Dragons), Harri Keddie (Ebbw Vale/ Dragons).

Replacements: Thomas Rhys Thomas (Dragons), Richard Cornock (Crosskeys), Alex Jeffries (Newport RFC/ Dragons), Adam Brown (Newport RFC), Josh Skinner (Crosskeys/ Dragons Academy), Owen Davies (Newport RFC/ Dragons), Arwel Robson (Newport RFC/ Dragons Academy).