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Dragonhearts make three changes for Scotland visit

14th July 2011, 06:20

Dragonhearts make three changes for Scotland visit

Wales Dragonhearts coaches Craig Fox and Mike Healy have made just thr

Wales Dragonhearts coaches Craig Fox and Mike Healy have made just three changes from the side that won in Limerick against the Irish a fortnight ago as they take on Scotland at Caerphilly RFC this Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

The match is the start of a five-week run of big games in Caerphilly which includes Crusaders junior matches, a Wales v England A international and the Welsh Conference Grand Finals.

Former Wales Students captain Gareth David returns to the side for the first time in three years and will start at fullback with his Bridgend Blue Bulls team-mate Grant Epton moving to the wing.

The only other change in the starting line-up sees Charles Stevenson come in for Richard Murphy at prop where he will make his Dragonhearts debut while Bonymaen Broncos' Nicky Clancy and Valley Cougars' James Allen come on to the bench after missing out in the last game.

While players from the Blue Bulls and Broncos make up the majority of the team three of Wales brightest prospects all come from the Newport Titans with Dale Tucker, Rhys Meredith and Kristian Hawkes all having starred in the win over Ireland, and with all of them 20 or under they could have big futures if they remain in the 13 man game.

Ahead of the game Wales player-coach Craig Fox said: "The win over Ireland was one of the proudest moments in my rugby career, with only three training sessions we pulled off a great win.

"But my job has been made easy as we have a great bunch of committed players and I'm assisted well by Mike Healy and our Team Manager Simon Green, who I have worked with for nine years with the Bridgend Blue Bulls.

"That win has to be forgotten now and we must 100% concentrate on beating Scotland this weekend and bringing the Home Nations trophy home. We have had to make a few changes to the side that beat Ireland but I have every faith in the lads who have come in and I can‘t wait for the game to begin."

Captain Gareth Howells added: "It has been an honour to captain my country, I thoroughly enjoyed the game in Limerick and we'll be doing everything to make sure we get a second win against the Bravehearts."

Reigning Champions Scotland lost 30-22 to England in their opening game and will be determined to get there campaign back on a winning track.

Admission to the match is just £3 for adults, £1 concessions and juniors.


1. Gareth David (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
2. Grant Epton (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
3. Lloyd Ryland (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
4. Gareth Howells (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
5. Richard Williams (Bonymaen Broncos)
6. Ian Brooks (Bonymaen Broncos)
7. Kristian Hawkes (Newport Titans)
8. Rhys Miller (Torfaen Tigers)
9. Rhys Meredith (Newport Titans)
10. Charles Stevenson (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
11. Jamie Williams (Torfaen Tigers)
12. Richard Brooks (Bonymaen Broncos)
13. Dale Tucker (Newport Titans)

Nathan Hawkins (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
Andy Milne (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
Nick Clancy (Bonymaen Broncos)
Craig Fox (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
James Allen (Valley Cougars)

Head Coach: Craig Fox
Ass Coach: Mike Healy
Team Manager: Simon Green
Physio: Rhodri Davies
Ass Physio Sophie Cooke

Scotland Bravehearts Squad:
Nick Broere (Edinburgh Eagles)
Calum Cockburn (Edinburgh Eagles)
Patrick Coupar (Edinburgh Eagles)
Nathan Crichton (West London Sharks)
Stuart Fee (Hemel Stags)
Ray Festorazzi (Ayrshire Storm)
Ross Grady (Edinburgh Eagles)
Mark Greenwood (East Leeds ARLFC)
Andy Grodynski (Edinburgh Eagles)
Colin Jarvis (University of Hull)
Rich Johnston (Edinburgh Eagles)
Mike Lieberum (Hammersmith Hills Hoists)
Giles Lomax (Edinburgh Eagles)
Kyle Matheson (Carluke Tigers)
Matthew McNee (Hull Dockers)
Thomas Murray (Fife Lions)
Martyn Nicoll (Oulton Raiders)
Niall Parkinson (Edinburgh Eagles)
Gordon Powrie (Ayrshire Storm)
Dominic Pullen (UWIC)
Rob Sloman (Blackpool Scorpions)
Mike Stewart (Lincoln city Knights)
Alan Thompson (Upton ARLFC)
Dave Vernon (Edinburgh Eagles)
Greg Wallace (Fife Lions)
Richard Knight (Leicester Storm)

Coach: Ash Carroll
Assistant: Dave Rotheram
Manager: Ollie Cruickshank
Trainer: Stuart Henderson
Physio: Ryan O'Neill
Conditioner: Neil Gibson