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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 13:27 GMT
Dumped Davies on Ponty bench
Pontypridd hooker Mefin Davies
Davies has lost his Wales place to Jonathan Humphreys
Welsh Premiership | Pontypridd v Caerphilly | Friday, 21 February | Sardis Road | 1915 GMT

Wales reject Mefin Davies has been included among the Pontypridd replacements for Friday's visit of Caerphilly.

Davies was the first choice hooker for Wales against Italy last week, but he no finds himself surplus to requirements after coach Steve Hansen shuffled his pack.

Fellow Wales squad member Richard Parks will keep him company on the bench for the bottom-of-the-table clash at Sardis Road.

Coach Lyn Howells said Davies deserved another chance to prove himself at international level.

"I don't it's fair on Mefin to judge him on one performance," Howells told BBC Sport.

"Once again it's going to be the clubs picking up the pieces and getting the players back into a positive frame of mind and playing top rugby.

"It certainly doesn't look good, and it doesn't send out the right message to a lot of other people in the Wales squad."

Winning run

Caerphilly are the only team below Ponty in the league table, as Howells' side have concentrated their efforts on the Parker Pen and Principality cups.

Their attempt to get their league season back on track will be hampered by Wales calls and injuries that have stripped them of the likes of Sonny Parker, Neil Jenkins, Ceri Sweeney, Michael Owen and Gethin Jenkins.

Caerphilly find themselves in the unusual position of defending a winning run, having beaten Ebbw Vale in last Friday's league game.

The success was the Cheesemen's first league win over Welsh opposition since March 2001.

Pontypridd: Brett Davey, Gareth Wyatt, Shaun James, Jason Lewis, Emyr Lewis; Paul John, Gareth Baber; Neil Hennessy, Matthew Rees, Sven Cronk, Brent Cockbain, Dale McIntosh, Nick Kelly, Wayne O'Connor, Geraint Lewis.
Reps: Mefin Davies, John Tilley, Richard Parks, Kingsley Jones, Richard Johnston; Andrew McLaughlin; Jon Bryant.

Caerphilly: Sione Tuipulotu; Taunaholo Taufahema, Sam Cox, Roddy Boobyer, Ryan Howells; Justin Thomas (capt), Allen Chilten; Geraint Liddon, Feao Vunipola, Darren Sweet, Darren Davies, Mark Workman, Gareth Jones, Simon Grainger, Andrew Williams.
Reps: Luke Richards, Owain Ashman, Robert Bilton, Richard Skuse, Christian Ferris, Gareth Williams, AN Other.

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