The build up to the new season for Pontypridd RFC will take a significant advance as the club plays hosts to the Cardiff Blues regional squad on Friday evening 12th August, the game at Sardis Road kicking off at 7:30pm.
The Blues will bring with them a pool of players including a number of senior internationals, the likes of Tom James, Chris Czekaj, Ceri Sweeney, Richie Rees and Deiniol Jones.
Pontypridd will focus on building up momentum following a fine display of running rugby, racking up a huge 0pts to 104 win away at Abercwmboi last weekend.
A number of trialists who showed up well in that encounter – full back Harley Thomson, wingers Kayne Hendrickson and Owen Jenkins and flankers Jordan Sieniawski and Dai Barry – will be given another opportunity to impress. Making a first return in Ponty colours since re-joining the club over the summer will be experienced back rower Dan Godfrey.
A number of Ponty players are still unavailable through injury or holiday commitments, with lock Ryan Savage added to the sick list having suffered a slight calf strain.
The Pontypridd team selected to face the Blues is as follows:
15.Adam Thomas. 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Gary Williams. 11.Kayne Hendrickson. 10.Dean Gunter. 9.Garyn Lucas.
1.Stuart Williams. 2.Tom Hetherington. 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Craig Locke. 5.Chris Dicomidis – cpt. 6.Dan Godfrey. 7.Wayne O’Connor. 8.Owen Sheppeard.
Subs: James Howe; Jack Dando; Ken Knaggs; Jordan Sieniawski; David Barry; Lewis K Williams; Chris Clayton; Owen Jenkins; Harley Thomson; Matthew Nuthall
Total votes 488
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