Thomas added to ERCC squad

Loose head prop Gareth Thomas has been added to the region’s 38-man squad for the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Tournament rules mean that team can make two changes to the squad during the pool stages, one of which must be a front-row forward. 

The 21-year old comes into the squad with Ryan Bevington, Duncan Jones and Nicky Smith all sidelined with injury, after making his PRO12 debut out in Leinster on Saturday.

Jeff Hassler drops out of the squad after suffering ligament damage on international duty for Canada last month.