Cardiff Blues U18 back in action after successful College League season

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Cardiff Blues U18 resume Regional Age Grade Championship this action this week with three games in eight days to kick-off the second fixture block.

Aled James and Craig Everett take their side West to Llanelli on Tuesday night for an encounter with Scarlets before the long trip to North Wales on Sunday to face RGC.

It’s then back to the familiar site of the Arms Park to play Dragons next Wednesday and that is where Cardiff Blues stay for the rest of the season, with Ospreys visiting on Wednesday 12th February and Scarlets coming to town on Wednesday 19th.

The 18s are currently sitting second in the table after the first block of fixtures back at the start of the season, with wins away at Dragons and home to RGC being followed by a narrow away loss at Ospreys. Scarlets lead the way with three wins from their three games, three points ahead of the chasing pack.

In between the fixture blocks there has been plenty of success for Cardiff Blues, with all four of the development pathway’s college sides finishing in the top six of the WRU College League, and Coleg y Cymoedd making it to an eighth successive Final, although just missing out to Coleg Gwent when it comes to lifting the trophy.

On the back of that James and Everett have opted to utilise many Cymoedd players for the trip to Scarlets, with 15 of the 23 who played in the Final named in the Cardiff Blues side, while 10 of the starting line-up are contracted to the Academy already.

Evan Lloyd leads the team from number eight while Ben Burnell returns to playing action at fly-half having been injured since the game at Ospreys earlier in the season.

Tuesday’s game will be shown live by S4C’s Rygbi Pawb via their Facebook page.

Cardiff Blues U18: Oliver James; Jake Thomas, McCauley Rowley, Ryan Wilkins, Theo Cabango; Ben Burnell, Harvey Nash; Ellis Fackrell, Efan Daniel, Nathan Evans, Cai James, Rhys Anstey, Alex Mann, Ethan Fackrell, Evan Lloyd (c)

Replacements: Harrison Chapman, Corben Evans, Rhys Barratt, Rhys Dauncey, Gwilym Evans, Will O’Connor, Tyler Morris, Cameron Winnett

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