New signing Rhys set for Gnoll debut
NEATH are set to stick largely with the side that beat Bedwas in the British & Irish Cup last weekend when they host Bridgend tomorrow (2.30pm), but may hand a debut to new signing Rhys Williams.
The former Wales Under-21 No. 8 was a key part of the Cross Keys side that lifted the Swalec Cup last season and could be included on the bench against the Ravens.
There have been other additions behind the scenes at The Gnoll with former second row Neil Edwards having returned from Ebbw Vale as senior coach to work alongside Patrick Horgan, while conditioning coach Will Rees has also joined the backroom team.
The Welsh All Blacks will be looking to build on a comfortable 45-27 home win over Bedwas last time out, while Bridgend also triumphed in cross-border competition, beating Cardiff 25-7.
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Neath return to domestic action looking to improve on a disappointing start to the campaign in which they have collected just nine points from seven games so far.
Bridgend have the same record but are a place ahead of third from bottom Neath on try count.
"Beating Bedwas last week was a step in the right direction because they are a very good side and it took a strong all-round effort to better them," said Horgan.
"It is time to build some continuity into our selection and reward success.
"We examined a lot of different options at the start of the season and are still looking to strengthen in certain areas.
"But from now on, starting places need to be earned if we are to climb this league.
"Bridgend always play attractive rugby and we've been scoring tries ourselves — 14 in the last three games — so it should be good entertainment."
Neath: (probable) G. King; K. James, R. Evans, K. Davies, C. Morgans; D. Langdon, L. Jones; N. Downs, R. Clancy, T. Price; E. Evans, J. Goode; G. Gravell (capt), L.Evans, M. Rees.