Warriors set to make a French connection

GALLIC FLAIR: The Llanelli Warriors will get a taste of the continent  when they take on XV de L'Erdre at Betws RFC.

GALLIC FLAIR: The Llanelli Warriors will get a taste of the continent when they take on XV de L'Erdre at Betws RFC.

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French side XV de L'Erdre will visit Betws for the fourth time on Friday, January 31.

There is a slight change to this popular fixture this year as the French will incorporate a few Welsh faces to take on the Llanelli Warriors, the team of mixed ability players.

The French team are likely to only bring a small squad and so will be calling on their friends in Betws while offering the Warriors the opportunity to taste some continental-style rugby.

Betws' resident Frenchman and tour contact Stephane Boissinot said: "The French team love the trip over here but it's primarily a social visit and with only a bare team they felt the Warriors would be a better fit.

“They also like the idea of both getting some of their Welsh friends into L' Erdre colours and giving the Warriors a taste of French rugby."

Warriors player/coach Gwilym Lewis, who also captains Betws Seconds, said: “This is a great fixture for the Warriors.

“Part of the club's remit, as a side that include players with learning difficulties, is to offer as much rugby experience as possible.

“This will something new for our players both on and off the field and we would like to thank XV De L'Erdre for extending this invitation.

“It's always a great night in the club when the French come over and we're really looking forward to it."

The game is due to kick-off at 6.30pm and will be followed by some sampling of French cuisine and aperitif.

The French players will try to impress by cooking a Tartiflette from scratch after the game. As usual, there will a great atmosphere in the club and everybody is welcomed to join the fun.

The match will mark the start of a busy Six Nations for the Warriors, who face Cefneithin the following day for the Anniversary Cup (12noon KO) before facing Pontyates a week later (February 8).

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