London Scottish have named their side for tomorrow’s pre-season friendly against Cardiff Blues at the Athletic Ground.
The Scots know that they are in for a tough challenge against the Guinness Pro 14 side, but after the impressive 47-24 victory over Rosslyn Park last weekend there is a lot of excitement amongst the squad.
Director of Rugby Dave Morris has trimmed the match-day squad to 26 as the Scots continue to build towards the new season after 11 weeks of preparation.
Jonny Harris, Dan George and Phil Cringle start in the front-row, with Jonathan Mills alongside debutant Tjiuee Uanivi in the second-row. Kyle Baillie, James Tyas and Danny Kenny will operate in a dynamic back-row.
Alex Walker and Basil Strong continue their half-back partnership, with Fraser Lyle moving in to the centre alongside Ross Neal. Connor Hayhow, Nick Scott and Craig Holland feature in a threatening back-three.
11 players have been named on the bench as Dave Morris looks to allow the majority of the squad plenty of game-time as the Greene King IPA Championship season draws closer.
Derrick Appiah, Isaac Miller and Ewan McQuillin will offer a front-row alternative whilst Mike Howard, Chris Walker and Ed Milne cover the rest of the pack.
Ed Hoadley provides scrum-half back-up, with Jake Sharp looking to make an impact when coming on at fly-half. Ben Mosses, Alec Coombes and Matt Williams complete the match-day squad, and demonstrate the depth on offer at the Athletic Ground for supporters to look forward to.
Player / Coach Dan George says that the whole squad are excited by the prospect of welcoming the Blues to the RAG.
“It’s a great opportunity to test ourselves. We know that the Blues will have quality throughout but we can show how hard we’ve been working as a squad.”
London Scottish team to play Cardiff Blues at the Athletic Ground on Saturday 19th August at 15:00:
1 Jonny Harris 2 Dan George 3 Phil Cringle 4 Jonathan Mills 5 Tjiuee Uanivi 6 Kyle Baillie 7 James Tyas 8 Danny Kenny 9 Alex Walker 10 Basil Strang 11 Connor Hayhow 12 Fraser Lyle 13 Ross Neal 14 Nick Scott 15 Craig Holland
16 Derrick Appiah 17 Isaac Miller 18 Ewan McQuillin 19 Mike Howard 20 Chris Walker 21 Ed Milne 22 Ed Hoadley 23 Jake Sharp 24 Matt Williams 25 Ben Mosses 26 Alec Coombes
Watch a match preview with Player/Coach Dan George below: