Four Blue and Blacks in Crawshay’s Welsh squad

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Four Cardiff RFC players have been invited to play for the Crawshay’s Welsh side that will face Hong Kong at The Gnoll on Friday.

They will be joined by a former Cardiff Blues favourite in a squad coached by Cardiff RFC legend Mike Rayer, now head coach at Bedford Blues.

Aberavon head coach Jason Hyatt will oversee the forwards, who contain lock Kieran Martin and back rower Morgan Allen of Cardiff RFC.

Both are new signings at the Arms Park this season, with Allen having played for Scarlets and Ospreys before arriving from Ealing, while Martin joined from Bridgend and has made five appearances so far.

They are joined in the squad by Cardiff RFC stalwart James Murphy who is returning to the Crawshays setup. The 32-year-old has 140 Blue and Black appearances to his name since signing in 2012.

All three have been part of an impressive forwards pack, and have laid a platform for the backs to perform from.

Scrum-half Ross Pritchard has been one of those, and although his playing time has been limited by Martin Roberts and Nicky Griffiths, he returned to the Cardiff matchday squad to help secure a win away at Aberavon last weekend.

Another new signing over the summer, the former Tata Steel player will be part of a Crawshays backs contingent coached by Merthyr’s Gavin Dacey, brother of Cardiff Blues hooker Kristian.

Joining them is former Cardiff Blues winger and nine-time Wales international Chris Czekaj, who made over 140 appearances at the Arms Park before joining French side Colomiers.

Now at Bedford with Mike Rayer, the 32-year-old will play in Wales once again, although he has been involved with coaching some Cardiff Schools teams this season.

Crawshay’s as a team was formed when Devonport Services RFC, based in Devon, asked Captain Geoffrey Crawshay to bring a Welsh team to play them in 1922. The invitational side has been in existence ever since.

They tour annually and many Welsh rugby greats have turned out for them down the years, playing a brand of exciting attacking rugby.

Friday’s game against Hong Kong kicks off at 19:30, and will be played at The Gnoll, home of Neath RFC.

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