Crawshay's go for experience in Czech encounter

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CRAWSHAY’S Welsh have chosen an experienced squad for their tour of the Czech Republic at the end of the month.

The famous invitation side managed by Ian Brice will play a Prague Select XV on Thursday, May 29 before facing the Czech Republic two days later.

“We expect a very difficult game against the national side and have chosen a side that will have the experience to cope,” said Brice.

The 23-strong squad will be captained by Gareth Gravelle who will be joined in the back row by the evergreen Bedwas No 8 Deri Mattravers.

The 43-year-old is joined by Bridge Field scrum-half Tom Rowlands, flanker Simon Grainger, hooker Richard Wilkes and prop Ian George.

Newport provide full-back Geraint O’Driscoll, centre Dan Robinson and lock Adam Brown while two members of the pack come from Cross Keys, number eight Adam Powell and lock/flanker Tom Lampard.

Newbridge fly-half Kieran Meek is selected along with Newport-born wing Jimmy Norris, who now plays for Old Luctonians, and Trinant tighthead Ross Davies, who plays professionally for Doncaster.

Backs: Geraint O'Driscoll, Dan Robinson (both Newport), Jimmy Norris (Old Luctonians), Patrick Tapley ( Bedford), Dale Ford (Neath), James Dixon (Bridgend), Kieran Meek (Newbridge), Tom Rowlands (Bedwas), Justin James (Llanelli)

Forwards: Gareth Gravell (captain, Neath), Lewis Smout (Cardiff), Ian George, Simon Grainger, Deri Mattravers, Richard Wilkes (all Bedwas), Kieron Jenkins, Huw Dowden (both Pontypridd), Ross Davies (Doncaster), Euros Evans (Carmarthen Quins), Adam Brown (Newport), Tom Lampard, Adam Powell (both Cross Keys), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)

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