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De la Rua named at number eight as Cardiff U18 return to action

Pathway | 10th January 2023

Lucas de la Rua returns to starting line-up as Cardiff U18 ring the changes for Wednesday’s clash with Dragons RFC at Ystrad Mynach (KO 7.15pm).

The young Blue and Blacks side have enjoyed a winning start to the campaign, picking up victories over RGC and Scarlets in December.

The defending champions await at Ystrad Mynach on Wednesday, with members of the title-winning Cardiff and Vale College side welcomed back into contention, after impressing on their recent trip to Thailand.

Captain Harry Beddall is one of only four players to retain their starting spot as Chadd Mutyambizi looks to ensure development opportunities for the entire squad.

The skipper joins number eight de la Rua in the back row, with Jaden Wilkins given the nod at blindside.

Full back Kodie Stone lines up in an exciting back three alongside Tom Bowen and Tom Weekley, while Elijah Evans and Steffan Emanuel combine in a new-look midfield partnership.

Harri Wilde, who was instrumental in the home win over Scarlets at the Arms Park last month, keeps hold of the number 10 jersey, and is paired with scrum half Josh Pearce.

Dylan McDonald is joined by Gethin Howells in the second row, as a front row trio of Cameron Tyler-Growcot, Gavin Parry and Harrison Rock complete the starting line-up.

After the trip to Ystrad Mynach, Cardiff host Ospreys and RGC in back-to-back home games at the Arms Park later this month.

Cardiff U18: Kodie Stone; Tom Bowen, Elijah Evans, Steffan Emanuel, Tom Weekley; Harri Wilde, Josh Pearce; Cameron Tyler-Growcot, Gavin Parry, Harrison Rock, Dylan McDonald, Gethin Howells, Jaden Wilkins, Harry Beddall (capt.), Lucas de la Rua

Replacements: Evan Wood, Max Bignell, Owain James, Luke Evans, Don Kipola, Owain Paskell, Tom Hughes, Scott Delnevo

Cardiff Under-18 Men Fixtures*

Sunday, December 11 - RGC 7 v Cardiff 17 - Stadiwm CSM

Monday, December 19 - Cardiff 21 v Scarlets 12 - Cardiff Arms Park

Wednesday, January 11 - Dragons RFC v Cardiff - Ystrad Mynach

Wednesday, January 18 - Cardiff v Ospreys - Cardiff Arms Park

Sunday, January 29 - Cardiff v RGC - Cardiff Arms Park

Wednesday, February 1 - Scarlets v Cardiff

Wednesday, February 15 - Cardiff v Dragons - Cardiff Arms Park

Wednesday, February 22 - Ospreys v Cardiff

*Subject to late changes