Sam Lousi returns for Judgement Day finale

Sam Lousi returns for Judgement Day finale

Tonga international Sam Lousi returns from injury for Saturday’s Judgement Day clash with Dragons RFC at the Cardiff City Stadium


Lousi has recovered from a rib issue and is one of two changes to the Scarlets starting line-up for the BKT United Rugby Championship round 18 tie.


Lousi replaces Morgan Jones in the second row, while Sam Costelow swaps with Ioan Lloyd at fly-half.


The rest of the side is the same as the one that claimed a bonus-point victory over Zebre in Parma.


That means the back three of Ioan Nicholas, Tomi Lewis and Ryan Conbeer remains intact and Johnny Williams and Eddie James continue their midfield partnership. Costelow partners fellow international half-back Gareth Davies.


Another Wales international, loose-head prop Kemsley Mathias, will make his 50th Scarlets appearance and he again packs down with captain Ryan Elias and Harri O’Connor.


Lousi links up with Alex Craig, the Scarlets’ Players' Player of the Season, in the second row and in the back row it’s Taine Plumtree, Dan Davis and No. 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu.


Morgan Jones drops to the bench, as does Lloyd, while there’s another opportunity for Wales U20s talent Macs Page, who made his URC debut in Parma.


Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: "It is an important game for us. Results have not been on our side this year but we are determined to finish the season strongly. It should be a good occasion. I have been at the stadium for Wales football matches and the atmosphere is electric. It's important for Welsh rugby and us as four professional clubs that we make it a good day.”


Scarlets team to play Dragons RFC at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, June 1 (15:00; S4C)

15 Ioan Nicholas; 14 Tomi Lewis, 13 Johnny Williams, 12 Eddie James, 11 Ryan Conbeer; 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Kemsley Mathias, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Harri O’Connor, 4 Alex Craig, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Taine Plumtree, 7 Dan Davis, 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu.


Reps: 16 Shaun Evans, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Sam Wainwright, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Jarrod Taylor, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Macs Page


Players unavailable because of injury

Tom Rogers, Vaea Fifita, Steff Evans, Joe Roberts, Josh Macleod, Teddy Leatherbarrow, Jac Davies.

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