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    Llanelli Scarlets have put Wales stars Dwayne Peel and Mark Jones
    straight back into their team for Friday's league visit of Newport
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    Alix Popham and Simon Easterby are rested, while Stephen Jones (wrist) and Dafydd Jones (ankle) are injured.











    The Dragons are likely to rest Wales lock Ian Gough.







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    But fellow internationals Kevin Morgan and Ceri Sweeney are likely to start.









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    The Dragons have Nathan Brew back in the squad after an ankle injury, while Steve Jones and Craig Warlow are close to returns.











    Ashley Smith, Rhys Thomas, Joe Bearman and Matt Jess remain longer term casualties.







    Scarlets outside-half Stephen Jones fractured a wrist in Wales' loss to
    Italy and is doubtful for next week's Heineken Cup quarter-final with
    Munster, but flanker Dafydd Jones should be back for that.




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    Scarlets director of rugby Phil Davies says he has not given up on the
    chances of fly-half Stephen Jones being fit for their Heineken Cup
    quarter-final.






    Wales captain Jones
    faces up to three weeks out after fracturing a wrist in defeat to
    Italy, leaving him a major doubt for the 30 March Stradey game.






    "We haven't ruled him out, we're monitoring the situation," said Davies.











    Munster will be without inspirational second row Paul O'Connell (thumb) and full-back Shaun Payne (hand).









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    Davies says that his side will do nothing to endanger Jones' long-term welfare.







    "We have been in dialogue with the Welsh Rugby Union and we obviously
    have Stephen's best interests in mind," Davies told the region's
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    Story from BBC SPORT:

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      Llanelli
      Scarlets got some momentum going ahead of next weekend's Heineken Cup
      quarter-final with a thumping 35-11 win over the Dragons on Friday at



      Stradey Park in the Magners League.






      The home side were so dominant they had sealed a bonus point
      within the hour as they scored 25 unanswered points straight after the
      break.





      The Scarlets dominated the early exchanges but it took them until 18 minutes to open a 7-0 lead.





      Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel crafted the score with a kick ahead
      which evaded the outstretched hands of Kevin Morgan, allowing Ceiron
      Thomas to follow up his own kick to beat Aled Brew to the touchdown.





      From a scrum the Dragons earned their first points - a 32nd-minute penalty for Ceri Sweeney.





      That was cancelled out by a penalty for Thomas three minutes
      later and there were more problems for the Gwent region when
      replacement hooker Richard Wilkes was sin-binned for a blatant piece of
      ball-killing.





      But despite being down a man Sweeney cut the Scarlets' half-time lead to 10-6 with an injury-time penalty.





      Less than two minutes after the break the Dragons were down to
      13 men with Brew seeing yellow from referee Phil Fear for slowing ball
      in front of his posts.





      Instead of going for the three points the Scarlets gambled on a scrum but the search for the try line proved in vain.





      It was when Wilkes returned to the pitch that the Scarlets began racking up the points.





      A second Thomas penalty goal was sandwiched between two fine
      Scarlets tries. First Barry Davies outstripped Morgan to the line and
      skipper James Bater showed an impressive turn of pace to successfully
      chase his own kick ahead.



      And the search for a bonus point did not take long with Wales wing Mark Jones breezin

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        Scarlets v Munster (Fri)
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        Stradey Park, Llanelli













        Friday, 30 March












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        Scarlets director of rugby Phil Davies has given fly-half Stephen Jones
        until Wednesday to prove his fitness for Friday's Heineken Cup
        quarter-final.











        Wales captain Jones has been out since fracturing a wrist in RBS Six Nations defeat to Italy on 10 March.







        "We are monitoring Stephen closely and want to give him as much time as
        possible to be ready, but we won't risk him if we feel he isn't," said
        Davies.






        Munster will be without Paul O'Connell (thumb) and Shaun Payne (hand).









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        But they have added wing Brian Carney, hooker Denis Fogarty and lock Donnacha Ryan to their European squad.









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        Apart from Jones, the Scarlets should be close to full strength,
        flanker Dafydd Jones expected to have recovered from an ankle problem.

        But he may struggle to win a place in a competitive
        back row, with Alix Popham and captain Simon Easterby expected to
        return after being rested in last Friday's 35-11 Magners League win
        over the Dragons.

        "We've been building momentum slowly for the last few
        weeks and I'm delighted with the Dragons result," Davies told BBC Sport
        Wales.




        "There was no eye on the Munster game. We have the utmost respect for the Dragons and

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          Heineken Cup</font><hr noshade="noshade" size="1">French rustiness can make Llanelli champions of Europe</font>Thomas Castaignède
          </font>Monday March 26, 2007
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          Guardian</font>Coming
          back to the Heineken Cup next weekend feels bizarre. The quarter-final
          line-ups are mouthwatering but after seven weeks of Six Nations and a
          bit of Guinness Premiership and the Anglo-Welsh competition, many fans
          will have completely forgotten what happened in the last pool games
          back in January.</font>

          The
          European Cup is scheduled in such a way that it feels like eating a
          host of dishes prepared by a great chef but never in a single sitting:
          it's as if you had the hors d'oeuvre and then nipped out for a while
          before coming back for the main course by which time you have no idea
          what you had eaten before. And as we don't know what next season holds
          for this tournament, this one should be savoured to the full.</font>

          We
          all know the structure of the season needs to be changed. I've been
          writing about it for years on these pages. But it will cause trouble
          this year for some teams. The French clubs, remember, have just had
          seven weeks off and then one league game in which to warm up; the same
          goes for the Irish and Welsh. Coming into matches as big as these,
          that's not ideal.</font>

          Additionally
          after seven weeks of big international games the continued intensity
          means there is an even greater risk of injury for the players and the
          destiny of the Heineken Cup may come down to which teams have the most
          reserves. I'd make Llanelli my favourite because of the way they played
          in the pool stages and because, like the Irish, they have fewer games
          in their bodies this season than the English and French clubs.</font>

          Llanelli
          made the most striking progress through the pool stages, considering
          how difficult the opposition was: they eliminated London Irish and
          Toulouse in fine style, producing some beautiful rugby along the way.
          To me that says they have the wherewithal and the willpower to go all
          the way. The only obstacle - and it's not a small one - is Munster, the
          defending champions, but I would look at the fact that the Scarlets are
          playing in that cauldron of a stadium of theirs and put a few quid on
          them nonetheless.</font>

          The
          danger for the Irish, on the other hand, will come from two difficult
          away trips. Munster's voyage to Llanelli on Friday night isn't an easy
          one to call but I'd say Wasps may have a slight advantage over Leinster.</font>

          They
          are not the all-conquering Wasps of old but we have seen that Ireland
          are not the same team without the injured Brian O'Driscoll and the
          question will be: can the same be said about his province? Neither team
          bases its game around a big setpiece so it's a fixture that smells of
          tries, open play and sparkling rugby.</font>

          Biarritz
          versus Northampton next Sunday is the least balanced of the four on
          paper, particularly with the strength the Basque side have in their
          forward pack. That area has to be a weakness for the Saints and this is
          almost mission impossible for them, so it will be the biggest surprise
          in the tournament this season if they turn over their hosts.</font>

          The
          same cannot quite be said of Stade Français' trip to Leicester. S

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            <table ="std_newsartd" summary="Layout table" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><t><tr><td ="line">Scarlets are hungry for success says Peel</td></tr>
            <tr><td ="date">26 March 2007, 1:31 pm</td></tr>

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            <tr><td ="abstract">Wales and Scarlets scrum half Dwayne Peel says
            his team are hungry for success against Munster in the Heineken Cup
            quarter-finals.</td></tr>
            <tr><td ="article">“It’s a challenge we are definitely up for. We
            have played some great rugby in the campaign so far and put ourselves
            in a good position to go on and do well in this competition, so it
            would be a shame to let it slip from now on in,” said the Wales and
            Lions scrum half.

            “The boys have got a definite hunger in their
            bellies – we realise Munster are a huge challenge and are defending
            champions but we are home at Stradey and we want to achieve.”

            The
            Scarlets qualified as the number two seeds with a perfect six out of
            six wins in the Pool stages, but since January most of their players
            have been apart on international duty.

            However Peel admits the
            Heineken Cup inspires his team. “The Pool stages were before the Six
            Nations, but even then there were a couple of weeks between rounds and
            come European time we seemed to click,” he said.

            “We have got
            to bring our best game of the season, we have three cup finals to go.
            We are physically and mentally up for it, after going to places like
            Toulouse, Ulster and London Irish and getting maximum points.

            “I
            have been looking forward it this ever since the last round ended, but
            we have to work hard to make sure we are on top of our game.

            “There
            is no better place to play than a packed Stradey for a big Heineken Cup
            game on a Friday night, so hopefully that will strive us on to wear the
            shirt proudly.

            “To reach the Heineken cup final with Llanelli
            would be a fantastic honour, the club I have followed since I was a
            little boy, a dream right up there with anything I have achieved in the
            game.” </td></tr></t></table>

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              #7
              Anybody have the SP on what chance Jones has of playing Friday night?

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                #8
                Hes playing trust me[img]smileys/wink.gif[/img],teams already picked.

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                  #9
                  How fit is he then?

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                    Who is the Miracle worker at Munster Rugby that has healed the injuries of so many players now in the squad for friday????


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                    PUC


                    AXEL


                    HOGGY


                    KELLY


                    WYATT


                    Bloody Miracle Worker whoever it is????








                    Munster to Win the HCUP in 2012!

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                      #11
                      further proof that we are god's chosen team

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                        #12
                        Llanelli's 5 tries from the weekend v Dragons, as well as red &amp; black quartered jerseys are on viw on the Scrum V video podcast on iTunes....

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                          Originally posted by munster cat

                          Who is the Miracle worker at Munster Rugby that has healed the injuries of so many players now in the squad for friday????


                          MOD


                          PUC


                          AXEL


                          HOGGY


                          KELLY


                          WYATT


                          Bloody Miracle Worker whoever it is????







                          I believe his name is Dr. Tohtahl Spin. You'd have to go private practice to get him though...
                          Is minic a bhris béal duine a shróin

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                            Originally posted by scarletpower
                            Hes playing trust me[img]smileys/wink.gif[/img],teams already picked.
                            seems to be the general vibe from the east alright

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                              Originally posted by villeneuvedascq
                              Llanelli's 5 tries from the weekend v Dragons, as well as red &amp; black quartered jerseys are on viw on the Scrum V video podcast on iTunes....

                              red and brown actualy. It was the colour they played in when they first played at Stradey so they used it for what may have been our last season there.
                              I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought I\'d rather dance with the cows until you come home.

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