RGC scrum half Efan Jones turned in a standout performance for a high-profile regional academy side.

The former Welsh U18 international started for Scarlets A in their weekend clash with Ulster A, and the Wrexham native was at his brilliant best to score a notable treble in a narrow 35-32 Celtic Cup loss for his side.

Robin Williams also made a considerable impact for the Scarlets after being named in the starting line up for the encounter. 

Jones has widely been regarded as one of the most promising young players anywhere in the country for a number of years and was a leading influence for the Gogs’ last term throughout the Indigo Group Premiership campaign.

He came through their Academy ranks at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay where he earned his national honours, before moving on to Bangor University to study a degree.

The back’s third score of a pulsating contest gave the Scarlets a 29-23 advantage heading into the closing stages, but they were unable to withstand a wealth of pressure from the Irish outfit late on in defeat.

Jones was handed more responsibility by recently departed head coach Mark Jones last season following the departure of Alex Schwartz to Cornish Pirates, and he thrived under the extra pressure to earn both the Overall Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year accolades at the club’s end of season presentation evening following their final day win over Cardiff.

Another RGC star was involved in Celtic Cup action last weekend, with Tim Grey turning out for Cardiff Blues A in their 47-28 loss to Leinster A.

The powerful forward produced an encouraging display against quality opposition, with the Blues’ squad also featuring former Gogs’ skipper Evan Yardley, who left the club earlier this summer.