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Emanuel returns as Cardiff U18 host Dragons in final home clash

Pathway | 14th February 2023

Steffan Emanuel returns to the Cardiff U18 midfield for Wednesday’s crunch match with Dragons RFC at Cardiff Arms Park (KO 7.15pm)

The Millfield centre crossed for a brace in his last appearance, against RGC, and is one of six changes made to the starting line-up as the Blue and Blacks welcome the defending champions to the capital.

Emanuel links up with Elijah Evans in midfield, who was instrumental to the away victory over Scarlets last time out.

Scott Delnevo and Tom Bowen retain their places in the back three and are joined by wing Tom Weekley for the final home clash of the campaign.

The Glantaf partnership of Sion Davies and Harri Wilde are given the nod at half back. 

Evan Rees is the only change made to the back row, who replaces Lucas de la Rua in the number eight jersey. Jaden Wilkins and captain Harry Beddall continue their partnership on the flanks.

Joe Tucker makes his first start since the Round Four defeat to Ospreys, partnering Luke Evans at lock, while a front row of Cameron Tyler-Grocott, Evan Wood and Owain James complete the starting line-up.

Amongst the replacements, Ethan Rudyj returns to the matchday 23 while there are further firepower on the bench courtesy of the likes of Saul Hurley, Tom Hughes and Owen Conquer.

The clash kicks off at 7.15pm and entry is included with Cardiff Rugby 22/23 Season Membership.

The campaign will draw to a close next week with a trip to league leaders Ospreys.

Cardiff: Scott Delnevo; Tom Weekley, Elijah Evans, Steffan Emanuel, Tom Bowen; Harri Wilde, Sion Davies; Cameron Tyler-Grocott, Evan Wood, Owain James, Joe Tucker, Luke Evans, Jaden Wilkins, Harry Beddall (capt.), Evan Rees

Replacements: Saul Hurley, Max Bignell, Harrison Rock, Owen Conquer, Tom Calcaterra, Josh Pearce, Tom Hughes, Ethan Rudyj

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 5 v Cardiff 7 - Ystrad Mynach

Wednesday, January 18 - Cardiff27 v Ospreys 33 - Cardiff Arms Park

Sunday, January 29 - Cardiff 45 v RGC 24 - Cardiff Arms Park

Wednesday, February 1 - Scarlets 17 v Cardiff 29 - Parc y Scarlets

Wednesday, February 15 - Cardiff v Dragons - Cardiff Arms Park (KO 7.15pm)

Wednesday, February 22 - Ospreys v Cardiff

*Subject to late changes