Lion Davies to boost Scarlets with return
BRITISH Lion Jonathan Davies is set to hand the Scarlets a welcome pick-me-up in the wake of the region's opening day hammering at the hands of Leinster.
Davies, one of the stars of this summer's tour Down Under, could make a much-anticipated return to action in Saturday's Pro12 clash with Treviso in Llanelli (6.30pm).
The Wales centre, who is also joint captain of the Scarlets this season, was given a six-week break following his exploits with Warren Gatland's series winners. But he is now back in full training with the squad and forwards coach Danny Wilson has revealed Davies is in line to make an appearance this weekend.
"Jon is training with us fully now and back very much in contention," said Wilson. "A decision will be made shortly on whether he will play this weekend. Without giving too much away, he is available for selection."
As for Scotland flanker John Barclay, who underwent shoulder surgery this summer, Wilson said he was also closing in on a comeback.
"John Barclay was having a final check-up on his shoulder with a specialist in London yesterday. All being well with that he will be with us very soon." On the flip side, the Scarlets will need to reshuffle their back three with wing Kristian Phillips having been ruled out of action for four to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his hand against Leinster.
It could mean a start for 19-year-old talent Jordan Williams, who Wilson is expecting big things of in the coming years.
"First of all, it is a blow. It is a disappointment for Kristian and for us because he has had a good pre-season and has raised his game," he added.
"But it is what it is and we are going to have to make a few adjustments. There is nobody walking through the door immediately so we have got to get on with it.
"We are slightly short there with that injury, I am not going to hide away from it. We do have someone arriving, but there is a time frame for that. We have definitely got players who can be versatile, we have proved that in the past. We have got players who play centre who can play wing and players who play at full-back who can play wing.
"It might not be to exactly the combination we want to put out there, but they are still very capable players and have proved that for.
It opens the door for the likes of Jordan, who had an outstanding Junior World Cup campaign. He is going to take a bit of time to settle into senior rugby, but when he does, I think we are all going to see something quite spectacular."
The Scarlets will also be without scrum-half Rhodri Williams, who suffered a bruised shoulder against Leinster.
South African lock Joe Snyman is expected to recover from an arm injury.