Dillon Lewis ready for first appearance of the season against Leicester

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John Mulvihill is set to welcome Dillon Lewis back into his matchday 23 for the European Challenge Cup visit to Leicester Tigers this Sunday.

The 24-year-old tighthead prop hasn’t played since starting the Rugby World Cup Third-Place Play-Off against New Zealand in November after picking up a hamstring injury. He featured in every Wales game at the tournament, also starting against Uruguay and coming off the bench in the five other games.

He has now overcome that issue though and was out warming up on the pitch with his team-mates before the Guinness Pro14 clash against the Scarlets last weekend, in what will be a relief for Scott Andrews and Keiron Assiratti, who have taken on a lot of minutes in his and Dmitri Arhip’s absence.

The Moldovan will also be available for the first time since the away game against Glasgow in round three of the Pro14 after recovering from a torn bicep.

Lewis and Arhip are also set to be joined in the squad by Seb Davies and Matthew Morgan, both of whom are believed to have missed the game against the West Wales side due to illness but have suitably recovered.

It is still unclear whether Jarrod Evans will be available to face Leicester after going off with a head injury against Scarlets, but there was a confidence that he would be early in the week due to the nine days between the two games.

Elsewhere the timeframe put on Ellis Jenkins’ recovery has been put back to March in order to allow him to fully recover from the knee injury that has kept him out for 14 months so far, while Kris Dacey (foot) and Rory Thornton (arm) continue the comeback trail from surgeries of their own.

The status of Kirby Myhill (ankle) is still not known, but Willis Halaholo and Rhun Williams remain on the long-term injury list.

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