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Shingler returns to starting line-up


23 Sep 2016


Scarlets will take on Connacht Rugby at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday in the fourth round of the GUINNESS PRO12 and head coach Wayne Pivac has made one change to the side that was defeated by Ulster last weekend.

The one change to the side sees Aaron Shingler return to the starting line-up at blindside flanker with Lewis Rawlins moving to the replacements bench.

Hooker Ken Owens will lead the side in their second home game of the season looking for a first win and first points of the season, with Connacht in a similar position.

Looking ahead to the game Pivac said; “Given where both sides are heading into this game, with both sides in the top six last season and Connacht of course going on to win the championship, we want to repeat the dose and be there towards the end of the season.

“Having said that, all we’re focusing on is the group we’ve got now and where we need to improve. We don’t have too much time to focus too much on what happened last year. For us it’s being the best we can be on a given day.

“It’ll be a great contest; you wouldn’t to be the team that comes off second! This really is a big game for us.

“It’s good to be back at home here at the Parc and the boys are very much looking forward to it. Hopefully there’ll be a boisterous crowd here to lift the team and get a decent performance out of it.”

Scarlets team to take on Connacht Rugby at Parc y Scarlets, Saturday 24th September, kick-off 7.35pm;

15 Aled Thomas, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens [c], 3 Werner Kruger, 4 Jake Ball, 5 David Bulbring, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 John Barclay

Replacements; Ryan Elias, Luke Garrett, Peter Edwards, Lewis Rawlins, Morgan Allen, Aled Davies, Scott Williams, Will Boyde

Unavailable for selection; Rob Evans, Dylan Evans, Samson Lee DTH van der Merwe, Tom Price, Richard Smith, Jack Condy, Gareth Owen, Rynier Bernardo