Crawshays have announced their squad for their Hong Kong fixture on Friday 2nd November at Neath RFC, 7.30pm kick off.
Geraint O’Driscoll (Captain). Newport
Josh Prosser. Bargoed
Dale Ford. Carmarthen Quins
Will Holley. Bridgend
Shaun Pearce. Aberavon
Chris Czekaj. Bedford Blues
Gavin Dacey. Merthyr
Jack Maynard. Llandovery
Aaron Quick. Pontypool
Ross Pritchard. Cardiff
Mike Burgess. Aberavon
Lewis Smout. Newport
Chris Davies. Aberavon
Joe Popple. Pontypridd
Joe Page. Pontypridd
Cameron Lewis. Aberavon
James Murphy. Cardiff
Joe Powell. Llandovery
Kieran Martin. Cardiff
Ed Siggery. Carmarthen Quins
Stuart Worrall. Llandovery
Scott Matthews. Pontypool
Morgan Allen. Cardiff
Mike Rayer. Bedford Blues
Jason Hyatt. Aberavon
Gavin Dacey. Merthyr
The squad is led by Newport RFC fullback Geraint O’Driscoll. Geraint has an abundance of experience, having made 143 appearnaces for the black and ambers having previously played with distinction for Pontypool RFC and the Dragons. He is joined in the back line, most notably by former Wales international Chris Czekaj and arguably the best outside half in the Premiership, Jack Maynard from Llandovery RFC.
Much like Crawshay’s Head Coach Mike Rayer, Czekaj, 32, began playing rugby for his home town club Llandaff and then went on make over 130 appearances for the Cardiff Blues.
Chris has been capped internationally in every Wales age group, from U16s to U21s until gaining his first senior cap, as well as a try, against Canada in June 2005. Despite suffering a broken leg during the second test match against Australia in 2007, Chris spent the next year recovering and rehabilitating before going on to collect a total of nine international honours.
Chris now plays at Bedford Blues under Rayer and scored a memorable hat-trick against Nottingham in season 2017/18. We hope he will be racking up the tries at the Gnoll on Friday!
In the forwards the Crawshays have selected an excellent back row led by former Scarlets and Ospreys No 8 Morgan Allen. 27 year old Morgan the son of former Crawshay player Andy Allen, played 53 ties for the Ospreys before moving to the Scarlets and appearing on 27 occasions. Just like his Dad, when he is on his game is an unstoppable ball carrier.
Allen is joined in the backrow by another handful, Carmarthen Quins Ed Siggery. Ed played professionally for London Irish, London Welsh and Ealing before moving back to Wales and winning the Premiership with Merthyr last season.
The final member of the Crawshay’s backrow is Scott Matthews. Scott was renowned as the best openside in the Premiership with Cross Keys RFC for a number of seasons before he moved to Pontypool RFC this season.
The starting team will be announced after training on Thursday evening.
Hong Kong Team
Hong Kong have announced their team to take on the Crawshays on Friday 2ndNovember at Neath RFC, 7.30pm kick off.
Dan Barlow – Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers
Dayne Jans – Societe Generale Valley
Grant Kemp – Societe Generale Valley
James Cunningham – Kerry Hotel Kowloon
Jack Delaforce – Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
Kane Beaucaut – Bloomberg HK Scottish
Mike Coverdale – Natixis HKFC
Thomas Lamboley – Societe Generale Valley
Bryn Phillips – Kerry Hotel Kowloon
Matt Rosslee – Societe Generale Valley
Conor Hartley – Bloomberg HK Scottish
Ben Axten-Burrett – Natixis HKFC
Tyler Spitz – Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers
Salom YIU Kam-Shing – Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers
Casey Stone – Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers
Ben Higgins – Societe Generale Valley
Mitch Andrews – Natixis HKFC
Jack Parfitt – Bloomberg HK Scottish
Mike Parfitt – Bloomberg HK Scottish
Finn Field – Natixis HKFC
Jamie Lauder – Natixis HKFC
Jamie Hood – Natixis HKFC
Lewis Warner – Kerry Hotel Kowloon
There is a strong Welsh connection to the team with Dan Barlow having previously played for Pontypool RFC, Ben Axten-Burrett for Cardiff Met, Bryn Griffiths for Cardiff University and Lewis Warner for the Crawshays.
A number of players have also played at a high level around the world. Prop Grant Kemp played Super Rugby in South-Africa. Thomas Lamboley was with Toulose in France and is the brother of french international Gregory Lamboley who played over 300 games for Toulose. Full back Casey Stone played in the National Provisional Championship in New Zealand. Hooker Mitch Andrews played for Melbourne Rising in the ARC in Australia.
Hong Kong come into the game having narrowly lost 28-24 to the Dragons ‘A’ team on Monday night at a chilly Ebbw Vale.