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Josh Adams ‘quietly confident’ that Cardiff’s academy boys can trouble Toulouse

Josh Adams

Josh Adams is confident that Cardiff’s mix-and-match team can cause European champions Toulouse problems at the Arms Park on Saturday.

The odds are well and truly stacked against Cardiff, as they are without 32 players who are either in quarantine in the UK or South Africa, while a few more are unavailable due to injury.

Cardiff will have some Wales internationals who did not travel to South Africa available to them, such as Adams, but the bulk of their squad will be made up of academy players and maybe even call-ups from the Welsh Premiership.

Adams was speaking ahead of Cardiff’s encounter with Toulouse and backed his young team mates to grab their opportunities against the best Europe has to offer.

Josh Adams backs Cardiff’s young guns.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a scenario like this, boys stuck in other countries unable to come home – the country turns to red list, quarantine it’s a mad scenario really,” Adams said.

“It’s important the lads who didn’t travel to South Africa just bring a lot of excitement to this week as best we can encourage the young academy boys who are training with us can go out and play with no fear.

“There’s no pressure on us, I am sure everybody is expecting Toulouse to beat us but within our inner circle we’re quietly confident we can cause them problems.

“Hopefully what has happened can galvanise us and our support. Being in a scenario like this you’d like to think the extra one or two might come just to support us, see some new faces, see academy talent as well.”

Several players could make their debuts against the European champions.

Six Wales internationals who didn’t travel to South Africa could be available to Cardiff – Josh Adams, Willis Halaholo, Tomos Williams, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies and Ellis Jenkins – although there are injury concerns over Halaholo and Lewis.

The rest will be mostly academy players, several of whom could make their senior debuts for Cardiff against Toulouse, while there will also be a couple of non-international veterans available to them.

Jason Tovey has found game time hard to come by for Cardiff recently, but the 32-year-old will add plenty of experience to a team that could feature a number of teenagers.

Dan Fish will also be available, despite announcing his retirement from professional rugby in October in order to focus on coaching the academy.

30-year-old Cardiff veteran Fish came out of retirement just days after announcing his decision, as the club were hit by injuries and Wales call-ups ahead of their game against Dragons in October, and he will again answer the Welsh capital’s SOS call against Toulouse.

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