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Scarlets host Leicester Tigers at Parc y Scarlets

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Article Published: Friday 1 February 2013

Leicester Tigers have named England international back rower Thomas Waldrom in their Anglo Welsh LV Cup team to face the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.

Waldrom joined up with his club colleagues on Wednesday after his release from the England squad and his inclusion is one of four changes to the starting team from last week's cup win over London Wasps.

Micky Young comes in at scrum-half, with George Chuter and Harry Wells added top the forward pack after starting among the replacements in the bonus-point win over Wasps.

Geordan Murphy is named among the replacements on his recovery from a knee injury and there is a place for young flanker George Oliver and Academy second-rower Matt Hubbart.

Scarlets cannot progress to the semi-finals of the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup, and have won just one of their last nine matches in all competitions: 9-6 over Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park on 21 December.

The Welshmen have won only one of their last five Anglo Welsh LV= Cup ties, also against the Blues on 17 November.

Scarlets have lost their last six encounters with Premiership opponents in all tournaments.

Leicester Tigers, the current Anglo Welsh LV= Cup holders may already have been eliminated if Sale did enough in Saturday’s fixture.

In any case the Tigers need to exceed the Sharks points tally from this round by at least one to give themselves any hope of topping the pool.

Leicester are undefeated in their last nine matches in all competitions whilst their only loss in their last eight Anglo Welsh LV= Cup ties was 21- 38 against Saracens in round one.

The Tigers solo victory on their last eight visits to Wales was 32- 18 at Parc y Scarlets in the European Cup in January 2011.

The two sides have met just once before in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup, when Scarlets won 31-3 at Parc y Scarlets in round one last year.

With many of their squad not available for selection through injury or management and international duty at senior, Wales U20 and Wales 7's levels; the Scarlets will give opportunities to some new faces from the region eager to step up and show their potential in a Scarlets shirt.

Outside half Owen Williams, 20, who put in a mature performance last weekend against Sale and has impressed for Premiership feeder club partner Llanelli RFC gets his second opportunity in a row with versatile back Gareth Owen remaining at full-back for the fixture after his strong performance last weekend.

Hooker Emyr Phillips captains the Scarlets side for the first time, with the highly-regarded forward who has signed a new three year contract at Parc y Scarlets getting his opportunity to take responsibility alongside Rhodri Jones and overseas signing Jacobie Adriaanse in the front row.

A new face to the Scarlets starting line-up is Kenfig Hill RFC product Kyle Evans who has put in some exciting performances with Llanelli RFC in recent weeks and has been training with the LV=Cup squad at Parc y Scarlets for the past fortnight.

Match : Scarlets (Pool 2) v Leicester Tigers (Pool 3)
Date : Sunday 3rd Feb
Venue : Parc y Scarlets
Kick Off : 1pm
Live on: S4C
Match Officials
Greg Garner (RFU) 11th competition game.
Assistant Referees: Tim Hayes, Greg Morgan.
TMO: Tony Rowlands.



15 Gareth Owen , 14 Kyle Evans , 13 Nick Reynolds , 12 Adam Warren , 11 Andy Fenby , 10 Owen Williams , 9 Aled Davies , 1 Rhodri Jones , 2 Emyr Phillips (c) , 3 Jacobie Adriaanse , 4 Jake Ball , 5 Johan Snyman , 6 Sione Timani , 7 Lewis Rawlins , 8 Kieran Murphy

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Shaun Hopkins, Deacon Manu, Richard Kelly, Duane Eager, Gareth Davies, Aled Thomas, Dale Ford

Leicester Tigers

15 Mathew Tait , 14 Scott Hamilton , 13 Andy Forsyth , 12 Matt Cornwell , 11 Vereniki Goneva , 10 Dan Bowden , 9 Micky Young , 1 Boris Stankovich , 2 George Chuter , 3 Logovi'i Mulipola , 4 Rob Andrew , 5 Harry Wells , 6 Brett Deacon (c) , 7 Richard Thorpe , 8 Thomas Waldrom

Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins , 17 Ryan Bower , 18 Fraser Balmain , 19 Matt Hubbart , 20 George Oliver , 21 Sam Harrison , 22 Andy Symons , 23 Geordan Murphy

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