Neath name squad for first instalment of derby double-header against Aberavon
NEATH have named their squad for Easter Sunday's home encounter against local rivals Aberavon, the first of two derbies in a fortnight between the clubs.
The two sides will face each other in a Swalec Cup semi-final to be played at The Gnoll on the weekend of April 13, though their aim on this occasion will be to climb the Principality Premiership table.
After a rocky start to their respective campaigns, the Welsh All Blacks and the Wizards have improved in recent weeks.
Neath have won four of their last five matches in all competitions, while Aberavon have been victorious in three of their four latest fixtures, and Neath wing Kevin James is expecting an entertaining encounter.
"We started off poorly but have improved a lot recently. We've always been a good team and shouldn't be near the bottom," he said.
"We're looking to win both games and we'd love to get to a Millennium Stadium final but we want to climb up the league rankings too.
"It's a huge game this weekend and hopefully we can get a good crowd behind us and we're playing some exciting rugby."
Neath (from): Aaron Bramwell, Gareth King, Kevin James, Elliot Jones, Bowdy Davies, Lloyd Phillips, John Leyshon, Chris Morgans, Dean Cummins, David Langdon, Luc Jones, Ben Jones; Roy Jones, Rowan Davies, Rhodri Clancy, Stuart Vokes, Greg Cunniffe, Mark Davies, Rhys Jones, Euros Evans, Jonny Griffiths, Lee Evans, Gareth Gravell (captain), Steffan Jones, Matthew Rees, Leon Ward, Callum Davies, Jordan Collier.