Priestland hands Scarlets big boost ahead of Racing Metro showdown
THE Scarlets have been handed a massive boost ahead of their Heineken Cup clash with Racing Metro in Llanelli on Saturday (6pm) with Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland passing a late fitness test.
Priestland has been nursing a foot injury and was unable to train at the start of the week, but the influential fly-half is included in a Scarlets line-up showing two changes from the memorable round one victory over Harlequins last weekend.
Wing Kristian Phillips is ruled out with a calf strain so Nick Reynolds steps in on the right wing, while South African Jacobie Adriaanse replaces Samson Lee at tight-head prop.
Lee was handed a two-week ban by an independent disciplinary panel in Dublin on Thursday after being found guilty of a stamp on Quins scrum-half Danny Care at The Stoop.
Head coach Simon Easterby said: “This is a big opportunity for us to kick on and in front of our home crowd, not fear what big sides with larger resources can bring to this tournament.
“If we get our house in order and we’re at our best, we know we can match the top sides.”
Racing, who edged out Clermont 13-9 in their opening match, have made seven changes to their starting XV with Wales and Lions back-rower Dan Lydiate named at openside flanker.
Scarlets: Liam Williams; Nick Reynolds, Jonathan Davies (capt), Scott Williams, Jordan Williams; Rhys Priestland, Rhodri Williams; Phil John, Emyr Phillips, Jacobie Adriaanse, Jake Ball, George Earle, Aaron Shingler, Josh Turnbull, John Barclay. Reps: Kirby Myhill, Rob Evans, Rhodri Jones, Johan Snyman, Craig Price, Gareth Davies, Steven Shingler, Gareth Maule.
Racing Metro 92: Benjamin Lapeyre; Adrian Plante, Henry Chavancy, Alexandre Dumoulin, Juan Imhoff; Jonny Sexton, Laurent Magnaval; Soane Tonga’uiha, Dimitri Szarzewski (capt), Luc Ducalcon, Juandre Kruger, Francois Carl Van der Merwe, Wenceslas Lauret, Masi Matadigo, Dan Lydiate. Reps: Virgile Lacombe, Eddy Ben Arous, Julien Brugnaut, Fabrice Metz, Camille Gerandeau, Ruan Snyman, Fabrice Estebanez, Benjamin Dambielle.