O’Brien in the Euro spot­light

South Wales Echo - - Sport -

AN­GUS O’Brien has been thrust into the Euro­pean spot­light af­ter Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell was ruled out of Scar­lets’ Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup opener against Rac­ing 92 to­day (5.30pm), writes Rob Lloyd.

O’Brien, a sum­mer ar­rival from the Drag­ons, is yet to start a match for his new side, but is handed his big chance af­ter Patchell suf­fered de­layed con­cus­sion symp­toms fol­low­ing the knock to the head he took against the Ospreys last week­end.

He gets the nod ahead of Dan Jones, who im­pressed in the No. 10 jersey dur­ing last sea­son’s pool cam­paign. Jones is named among the re­place­ments. Patchell was forced off the field in the first half of the 20-17 derby win, com­ing off sec­ond best in a tackle on Owen Watkin.

He passed his head in­jury as­sess­ment and re­turned to the field af­ter the half-time break, but has since ex­pe­ri­enced de­layed symp­toms.

It is the sec­ond head in­jury as­sess­ment the fly-half has un­der­gone this sea­son, hav­ing taken a blow in the round one match against Ul­ster.

A Scar­lets spokesper­son said: “Rhys de­vel­oped de­layed symp­toms re­lated to con­cus­sion three days fol­low­ing the match. Fol­low­ing con­tin­ued eval­u­a­tion Rhys has not been con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion this week­end. With the player’s wel­fare at the fore­front of our de­ci­sion-mak­ing, Rhys will con­tinue to be eval­u­ated and re­ha­bil­i­tated ac­cord­ingly.”

Leigh Half­penny; Johnny McNi­choll, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, St­eff Evans; An­gus O’Brien, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens (capt), Sam­son Lee, Jake Ball, David Bul­bring, Ed Kennedy, Will Boyde, Blade Thom­son.

Ryan Elias, Rob Evans, Werner Kruger, Tom Price, Josh Ma­cleod, Sam Hi­dalgo-Clyne, Dan Jones, Paul Asquith.

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