BBC Sport: Dragons v Scarlets

Venue: Rodney Parade, Newport Date:Saturday, 23 April Kick-off:15:00 BST
Coverage:Live on BBC Two Wales, BBC Radio Wales, and the BBC Sport app. Highlights and match report on the BBC Sport app and website. Highlights of Scrum V, starting at 18:00 BST Sunday, BBC Two Wales and later online.

Elliot Dee is now a Wales hooker and will be back on the bench in Newport after he has fully recovered from the head knock that forced his departure as Dragons won at Parcy y Scarlets.

Taylor Davies, on loan to Scarlets, will start in Dee's spot for Saturday's match.

Former Dragon Angus O'Brien is back at full-back for Scarlets, with Liam Williams & Johnny McNicholl both injured.

Rhys Patchell will be back at fly-half as Jonathan Davies is at outside centre. Johnny Williams is also back at 12.

Wales' wing Steff Evan makes his 150th Scarlets debut, but Dwayne Peel states that McNicholl, a fellow international, “will be out for awhile” after injuring himself against Cardiff.

Last weekend, Liam Williams (winger or full-back for British and Irish Lions) suffered a hamstring injury while playing against Dragons.

Wales prop Wyn James has undergone knee surgery. Flyhalf Sam Costelow, and back-row Blade Thomson have both had head injuries.

They are undergoing return to play protocols.

Carywn Tuipulotu from the back row is also out with an injury against Cardiff. But lock Sam Lousi, who was a late withdrawal for the first Dragons match, is in good health.

Ryan Elias, the Wales hooker, has returned after a head knock. Josh McLeod is at flanker while Aaron Shingler takes his place on the bench.

For the hosts, Ben Fry will start at open-side flanker while Wales' Taine Basham moves to the bench. Dragons' third change is at full-back where ex-Scarlet Jordan Williams has returned after a lengthy illness.

Dean Ryan, Dragons boss said that this weekend was an opportunity to see if the Dragons can deliver a performance and that they are looking forward to playing again at home.

“Reflecting on last weeks performance, I realized that while we didn't play as well as possible, I believe there is more to us.

“When we have periods where we are in ascendency, we need to manage the game better. It takes some confidence to recognize that and I have tried to help others with that, but they are not getting the results they want.

“Hopefully, this weekend will be another stage for building confidence that our team can play better and take more control of the game.”

Peel says that Scarlets are trying to get a play-off spot in the United Rugby Championship.

He said, “Blade and Johnny are all good players, but we also have players who have stepped-up.”

“Circumstances have dictated we have blooded lots of young boys this Year – you think about the front-row boys.”

Rodney Parade, where scarlets seek revenge on their ex-sisters. 27-38 defeat by Dragons in Llanelli.

Peel said, “Losing last Week certainly made things more difficult for us.”

“We are looking at the Welsh shield also, we want to be top Welsh team. This could potentially allow us to get into the play-offs. We can't afford another mistake.”

Wayne Davies from the Welsh Rugby Union has been named match official for the rematch between Wales’ east- and west regions.

Whitehouse was the referee in Llanelli last weekend.

Dragons: Jordan Williams; Jared Rosser, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Rio Dyer; Sam Davies, Gonzalo Bertranou; Aki Seiuli, Taylor Davies, Leon Brown, Ben Carter, Will Rowlands, Harri Keddie (capt), Ben Fry, Aaron Wainwright

Replacements:Elliot Dee and Josh Reynolds, Chris Coleman, Joe Davies. Taine Basham, Rhodri Wilkins, Josh Lewis, Ioan Davies.

Scarlets: Angus O'Brien; Corey Baldwin, Jonathan Davies (capt), Johnny Williams, Steff Evans; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Steff Thomas, Ryan Elias, Javan Sebastian, Sam Lousi, Jac Price, Josh Macleod, Tomas Lezana, SioneKalamafoni.

Replacements:Daf Hughes, Rob Evans and WillGriff John. Morgan Jones, Aaron Shingler. Tyler Morgan. Ryan Conbeer.

Referee:Sam Grove-White (SRU).

Assistant referees:Gareth Newman, Elgan Wilkins (WRU).

TMO: Wayne Davies (WRU).

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