Trio's Wales challenge
THE Scarlets back-row have been urged to put their hands up for international selection as the debate continues as to who should replace the crocked Dan Lydiate in Wales's starting line-up for the autumn series.
Aaron Shingler, Rob McCusker and Josh Turnbull have all had a taste of Test match rugby and can all play in the No. 6 jersey vacated by Lydiate following his ankle injury.
The trio were overshadowed at the contact area against the Ospreys two weeks ago, and ahead of tonight's RaboDirect Pro12 derby against the Dragons, Scarlets forwards coach Danny Wilson has challenged the region's breakaway trio to reassert their claims.
"There is a lot of back-row depth here at the Scarlets and a lot of quality and ultimately that quality will be viewed by the Welsh selectors, I am in no doubt about that," said Wilson. "Those guys are performing well, working hard in training and I am sure they will put their hand up for selection."
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Another player fighting for his Wales place is Dragons No. 8 Toby Faletau, who was back to his dynamic best in the Men of Gwent's victory over Edinburgh last weekend.
"He is an important player, who gives them go forward, he is a game-breaker," added Wilson.
"We need to be keyed in as to where he will turn up in their phase play and where he will like to carry and cause us problems. He is someone we need to keep an eye on, but it is about preparing against the whole team.
"There are a number of threats and we have been working hard on our game and dealing with the Dragons game. Come Friday night we will be ready to go out and perform."
Flanker Nic Cudd, who made the move from Llanelli to Rodney Parade three weeks ago, is named alongside Faletau in the visitors' starting XV for the first time.