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Newcomer Priestland at 10 for Scarlets

20th September 2007 By Munster Rugby

Young fly-half Rhys Priestland makes his Magners League debut for the Scarlets against Munster on Saturday at Musgrave Park (5.30pm).

Young fly-half Rhys Priestland makes his Magners League debut for the Scarlets against Munster on Saturday at Musgrave Park (5.30pm).

Regular No10, Ceiron Thomas faces a spell on the sidelines for a couple of weeks due to a knee injury and although Scarlets Director of Rugby, Phil Davies is forced to make the change it’s one he is quite confident about, "It’s disappointing to lose Ceiron for a couple of weeks but this is an exciting opportunity for Rhys," he explained.

"We always knew our squad was small compared to others but I have no qualms about putting Rhys in. He’s only 20 years old but with Jon Davies, Lou Reed (both 19), and Ken Owens who is also only 20, we are building something special at Stradey Park."

The only other change to the side which defeated Ospreys last time out sees tighthead Bruce Douglas also make his first start of the season.

Llanelli Scarlets:

15 Morgan Stoddart
14 Garan Evans
13 Regan King
12 Gavin Evans
11 Matthew Watkins
10 Rhys Prietland
9 Gavin Cattle;
1 Iestyn Thomas
2 James Hayter
3 Bruce Douglas
4 Vernon Cooper
5 Adam Eustace
6 Dafydd Jones
7 James Bater (capt)
8 Nathan Thomas
Replacements:
16 Ben Broster
17 Ken Owens
18 Lou Reed
19 Johnathan Edwards
20 Liam Davies
21 Daniel Evans
22 Jon Davies

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