TEENAGE flankers Lennon Greggains and Taine Basham have been challenged to make another impression on their boss Bernard Jackman by impressing for the Dragons Premiership Select against a hefty Jersey pack on Friday evening.

The Dragons head to the Channel Islands for a tough assignment against the unbeaten Pool Three leaders (kick-off 7.30pm) with the usual mixture of youth and experience.

The experience comes through loosehead Phil Price, scrum-half Charlie Davies and centre Sam Beard, with Beard dropping down after starting against the Ospreys and Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 because he is not registered for Europe due to a torn pectoral muscle in September.

They will be charged with helping the greener members of the side, including 18-year-olds Greggains and Basham.

Greggains made his Dragons debut at Ulster in the PRO14 in September while Basham made his regional bow at the Scarlets last weekend.

Academy manager Chapron said: "I think Taine thought that he was dropped after last Friday and was a bit disappointed to be in the B&I… when I explained to him that he wasn't registered for Europe he understood!

"It's exciting because those two are playing really well at the moment, they are two completely different type of players – Taine is more of a runner and Lennon is more of a grafter and physical presence for us.

"It's a great experience to see if they can go out there against a strong Jersey pack and turn out another performance."

The duo have impressed in Premiership action this season, Greggains with Newport and Basham with Cross Keys, but have been fast-tracked because of a glut of injuries as well as their promise.

"It's exciting and nerve-racking at the same time because you want them to play well and give a good account of themselves. Regardless of your age, you are judged on performances," said Chapron.

"I was really pleased for Taine and Lennon when they played for the first team that they didn't look out of place.

"They have a long way to go before they are bona fide professional rugby players but they have showed glimpses.

"Taine was top tackler and top carries from Friday night – he is 18 and he could have been playing the Scarlets Under-18s this week, that's the crazy thing!"

The Dragons are yet to win in the competition this season after being edged out 20-17 by Yorkshire Carnegie in Ystrad Mynach last time out.

They were thumped 34-7 by Jersey when the sides met in horrendous conditions in Wales in October and finish the campaign with a home fixture against London Scottish a week on Saturday.

The Channel Islanders were runners-up to Munster A in last year's competition and have enjoyed four comfortable wins for a perfect record. A win would secure a home-quarter-final.