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Young and up-coming players from across the four Welsh regions will once again get the chance to shine when they get into action in the LV= Cup this weekend.

The tournament has been crucial for the development of a number of current senior Welsh stars and the next generation of players will have their chance to impress with opportunities coming thick and fast over the next two days.

Wasps v Cardiff Blues

James Sheekey and Seb Davies will all make their debuts for Cardiff Blues as the region returns to LV=Cup action away to Wasps at Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon (2pm).

The pair are handed first-ever senior outings for the Blues in a team captained by Ellis Jenkins that contains a mix of youth and experience.

Wales international Craig Mitchell packs down with Rhys Williams and Tom Davies up front while lock Miles Normandale joins forces with Seb Davies in the second row. Newcomer James Sheekey joins Macauley Cook and skipper Jenkins in the back row.

Centre Adam Thomas is paired with Garyn Smith, who made his debut earlier in the season, in midfield. Argentine, Lucas Amorosino is on the wing with Richard Smith and Joaquin Tuculet completing the back three. The half back pairing is Rhys Patchell and Lewis Jones.

The bench contains another potential debut in Flanker, Jordan Viggers who is in line for a first team bow if he comes on at the Ricoh Arena.

Cardiff Blues: Joaquin Tuculet, Richard Smith, Garyn Smith, Adam Thomas, Lucas Amorosino, Rhys Patchell, Lewis Jones; Thomas Davies, Rhys Williams, Craig Mitchell, Miles Normandale, Seb Davies, Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins (captain), James Sheekey.

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, Ben Roach, Jordan Viggers, Tomos Williams, Simon Humberstone, Geraint Walsh.

Newport Gwent Dragons v Exeter Chiefs

Newport Gwent Dragons flanker Nick Crosswell will make his first appearance for the Men of Gwent on Sunday against Exeter Chiefs in the LV=Cup at Rodney Parade (2:30pm).

Crosswell recently signed a contract with the Dragons after leaving New Zealand province the Manawatu Turbos and is one of twelve changes Dragons management have made to the team that faced Stade Francais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend.

The back three has one change made to it as fullback Geraint Rhys Jones and wing Tom Prydie are joined by Ashton Hewitt. The centre partnership consists of premiership star Carl Meyer, who joins the Dragons from Ebbw Vale RFC and Dragons stalwart Ashley Smith, who takes on the role of skipper. Fly half Dorian Jones retains his place from last weekend and is joined in the half backs by scrumhalf Richie Rees.

The front row sees props Lloyd Fairbrother and Dan Way start alongside hooker Hugh Gustafson. The second row has also changed as young guns Matthew Screech and Cory Hill take their places in the team. The back row is a mixture of youth and experience as flankers Nick Crosswell and James Benjamin are named to play alongside British and Irish lion No.8 Andy Powell.

There are six changes to the replacements bench as Rhys Buckley, Owen Evans, David Young, Joe Davies and Scott Matthews join Luc Jones and Angus O’Brien.

Newport Gwent Dragons: Geraint Rhys Jones, Tom Prydie, Carl Meyer, Ashley Smith (captain), Ashton Hewitt, Dorian Jones, Richie Rees; Lloyd Fairbrother, Hugh Gustafson, Dan Way, Matthew Screech, Cory Hill, Nick Crosswell, James Benjamin, Andy Powell.

Replacements: Rhys Buckley, Owen Evans, David Young, Joe Davies, Scott Matthews, Luc Jones, Angus O’Brien, Jack Dixon.

Gloucester v Ospreys

The Ospreys have made a raft of changes to their side for the LV= Cup fixture against Gloucester at Kingsholm tomorrow (3pm).

Like the other three Welsh regions they have handed starting opportunities to a number of young Welsh players whilst also giving valuable game time a number of squad members who are aiming to establish themselves as regular starters for the region.

Tevita Cavubati and Olly Cracknell make their Ospreys debuts in the West country and Tom Sloane and Joe Thomas will also make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench.

Ospreys: Richard Fussell, Tom Grabham, Jonathan Spratt (captain), Ben John, Dafydd Howells, Sam Davies, Tom Habberfield; Gareth Thomas, Scott Otten, Daniel Suter, Rynier Bernardo, Tevita Cavubati, Olly Cracknell, Ieuan Jones, Morgan Allen.

Replacements: Matthew Dwyer, Tom Sloane, Cai Griffiths, Rhodri Hughes, Ifereimi Boladau, Martin Roberts, Joe Thomas, Aisea Natoga.

Scarlets v London Irish

Scarlets welcome back Ken Owens to the fray for tomorrow’s LV= Cup clash against London Irish at Parc y Scarlets (6.30pm) with the Carmarthen born hooker making a return from injury that has kept him sidelined since September.

Owens’ return is a welcome boost to the Scarlets pack, which has seen six front row players, fall to injury in the last few months. Returning alongside Owens is veteran loosehead prop Phil John who has recovered from knee surgery.

With a number of senior players rested ahead of the forthcoming Guinness PRO12 fixture against Connacht a number of the region’s bright young things in Lewis Rawlins, Phil Day and Will Boyde have an opportunity to make their mark with Rory Pitman returning to the number eight berth.

Former Exile Steven Shingler makes only his second start of the season at outside half and will be partnered at halfback by Rhodri Williams. Josh Lewis starts at fullback with Harry Robinson and Kristian Phillips on the wings while Frazier Climo and Adam Warren make up Scarlets’ centre partnership for the LV= Cup clash.

Scarlets: Josh Lewis, Harry Robinson, Frazier Climo, Adam Warren, Kristian Phillips, Steven Shingler, Rhodri Williams; Phil John, Ken Owens (captain), Peter Edwards, George Earle, Lewis Rawlins, Phil Day, Will Boyde, Rory Pitman.

Replacements: Darran Harris, Wyn Jones, Jacobie Adriaanse, Jack Payne, Sion Bennett, Kieran Hardy, Dan Jones, Kyle Evans.