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Neath RFC

Neath travel to Crymych on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm) for their second pre-season build-up game which will help raise funds for Ifan Phillips.

The home side are planning a big family day around the fixture including the appearance of Wales’ Commonweath Games boxing medalists the Croft twins Ioan and Gareth.

Assistant Coach Andrew Howell said, “We are looking forward to playing Crymych and building on last week’s pleasing first hit against Ebbw Vale although we will not be resting on any laurels.

“Our fitness was impressive in the heat, a lot of players got contact-time and we got going forward against Premiership physicality. But we need to build our game, get in the right areas more often – and score.

“Crymych produce a lot of good players who will be playing out of their skin on their own patch. We’ll need to be ready for the non-stop, stiff challenge which is just what we want.”

Centre Ryan Evans will captain Neath who make several changes to the side which started against Ebbw Vale last week with Sion Crocker, Sam Martin, Jacob Blackmore and Morgan Kneath coming in up front while Jon Bayliss and Ryan Griffiths, both unavailable last week, are on the wings. If fit, Lewis Evans will switch to full back.

Neath have named ten replacements including fit-again Iwan Evans, centre Sean Wilcox (Porthcawl), scrum half Ethan Nichols (Ystradgynlais) and flankers Alex Radford (Skewen) and Evan Kneath (South Gower) plus experienced front five cover.

Neath v  Crymych (Away)

15 Lewis Evans; 14 Jon Bayliss, 13 Ryan Evans (captain), 12 Ben Atkins, 11 Ryan Griffiths; 10 Steff Williams, 9 Elis Horgan; 1 Jack Powell, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Jonny Thomas; 4 Sam Langford, 5 Sam Martin; 6 Jacob Blackmore, 8 Morgan Kneath, 7 Owain Morgan

Replacements (from) :- Iestyn Morgan, Sean Wilcox, Iwan Evans, Ethan Nichols, Gareth Lloyd, Josh Clark, Tim Ryan, Ioan Jones, Alex Radford, Evan Kneath

Referee – Mr. Wayne Davies (Llannon)

Forthcoming Fixtures :-

Fri.    Aug.   26      Swansea                          Home           7.15pm        Non-League

Sat.    Sep.     3      Bargoed                          Home           2.30pm        League

Sat.    Sep.   10      Cross Keys                       Away           2.30pm        League

Sat.    Sep.   17      Bedwas                           Home           2.30pm        League

Sat.    Sep.   24      Pontypool                        Away           2.30pm        League