WALES internationals Ollie Griffiths and Tyler Morgan will make their first Dragons appearances of the summer in tomorrow’s friendly with Glasgow at Ebbw Vale (kick-off 2pm).

The Dragons entertain their Guinness PRO14 rivals at Eugene Cross Park in a final hit-out before welcoming Leinster to Rodney Parade a week on Saturday.

Griffiths, player of the season in 2016/17 and fresh from making his Test debut in the closing stages of the victory against Tonga, starts in the back row while Tyler Morgan, who started in the win against Samoa, slots into midfield alongside Sam Beard.

Lock Cory Hill, named as club captain on Wednesday, will not feature in pre-season after being given an extended break following his summer exploits with Wales and the Lions.

His predecessor Lewis Evans has been hindered by a calf problem and the back rower also sits out the final friendly along with the likes of fly-half/centre Gavin Henson, centre Jack Dixon, number eight Harri Keddie, prop Phil Price, lock Rynard Landman, full-back Carl Meyer and scrum-half Tavis Knoyle.

Former Steelman James Thomas captains the side from blindside flanker on his return to Ebbw while lock Ashley Sweet is also making a return to his old stomping ground.

Brok Harris switches from his usual tighthead to loosehead while Wales 7s international and mobile back rower James Benjamin has impressed in pre-season and gets the chance to stake a claim for a first PRO14 outing since May, 2016.

Benjamin, an openside by trade, is listed on the team sheet at number eight, although Griffiths did play at the base of the scrum at the end of last season.

After heavy pre-season defeats to Montpellier, Northampton and Exeter, backs coach Shaun Connor is hopeful of a strong performance against the Warriors.

“It’s a little bit more focused going into this game. We’ve given everybody a run in the last few games and this one is looking at Leinster a bit more.

“There is more of a focus towards that first Guinness PRO14 game and the bulk of that team will be those that impress against Glasgow.

“We’ve been working on new systems since Bernard [Jackman, head coach] came in and the players have responded really well.

“Hendre [Marnitz] came in a little bit late, so we are a bit behind defensively but we have been trying to work hard on that in training.

“Hopefully we will have ironed out some problems for Glasgow, do more work next week and then be raring to go for Leinster.”

The game is being play in the afternoon to allow the visitors to return to Scotland in good time to prepare for their league opener against Connacht in Galway next Saturday.

Entry to the match is free with no ticket required. Gates open at 1pm.

Dragons: Z Kirchner, A Hewitt, T Morgan, S Beard, H Amos, A O’Brien, S Pretorius, B Harris, E Dee, L Brown, M Screech, A Sweet, J Thomas (captain), O Griffiths, J Benjamin.

Replacements: R Buckley, T Davies, L Fairbrother, L Greggains, N Cudd, C Davies, D Jones, A Warren, A Hughes, J Rosser, P Howard.

Glasgow: R Jackson, L Jones, N Grigg, S Johnson, R Hughes, A Hastings, G Horne, J Bhatti, J Malcolm, D Rae, B Alainu'uese, S Cummings, L Wynne, C Fusaro, A Ashe (captain).

Replacements: G Turner, G Strain, A Nicol, G Peterson, K McDonald, H Burr, M Smith, M Fagerson, H Pyrgos, P Horne, P Kelly, L Masaga, S McDowell.