Scrum V experts' top 10 Pro12 predictions for 2014-15

The Scrum V team
The Scrum V team

What lies ahead for Wales and the four Welsh regions in 2014-15?

Scrum V have asked three of their experts 10 questions about how they think the new season will unfold.

Who does former Wales and British and Irish Lions flanker Martyn Williams think will win the Pro12?

Who are the players to watch out for, according to Bristol coach Sean Holley?

And how many southern hemisphere scalps can Wales expect to take this autumn, according to Jonathan Davies?

Martyn Williams
Martyn Williams won 100 Wales caps between 1996 and 2012

Who are the two best signings of the summer in the Pro12?

Sean Holley: Manoa Vosawi (Blues) and Adam Jones (Blues)

Jonathan Davies: Mills Muliana (Connacht) and Manoa Vasowi (Blues)

Martyn Williams: Regan King (Scarlets) and Gareth Anscombe (Blues)

Which teams will make the top four?

The trio all predict the play-offs will be between the same quartet as 2013-14: Leinster, Ulster, Glasgow and Munster.

Who will be the highest placed Welsh team?

Sean Holley: Cardiff Blues

Jonathan Davies: Scarlets.

Martyn Williams: Cardiff Blues.

Which team and player are you most excited about watching this year?

Sean Holley: Rhys Patchell (Blues), Jordan Williams (Scarlets) and Eli Walker (Ospreys). Munster under former stalwart Anthony Foley as coach.

Jonathan Davies: Jordan Williams - but I want him involved more and being used to make an impact.

Martyn Williams: Gareth Davies (Scarlets). Newport Gwent Dragons. I can't wait to see how their new signings go.

Which players will breakthrough and become stars this season?

Sean Holley: Blues centre Cory Allen, Scarlets prop Rob Evans and Dragons centre Tyler Morgan.

Jonathan Davies: Tyler Morgan (Dragons). No-one has seen much of him at this level. He has definitely got something, as have James Davies (Scarlets) and Rhys Patchell (Blues).

Martyn Williams: James Davies (Scarlets) and Tyler Morgan (Dragons).

Which team in the Pro12 could surprise everyone and burst into the top six?

Sean Holley: Dragons.

Jonathan Davies: Blues - if they get some consistency.

Martyn Williams: Blues.

Who do you think is the favourite for the Pro12 title this year?

All three think Leinster will win their third title in a row.

Irish side Leinster celebrate winning the 2013-14 Pro12 title
Irish side Leinster celebrate winning the 2013-14 Pro12 title

How many southern hemisphere teams will Wales beat in the Autumn?

Sean Holley: Two. Australia and Fiji.

Jonathan Davies: Two. Australia and Fiji.

Martyn Williams: Two. South Africa and Fiji.

How many Welsh teams will make the quarter finals of Europe - and who?

Sean Holley: None

Jonathan Davies: Blues in Challenge Cup.

Martyn Williams: Blues.

How does the Pro12 differ from the French and English leagues?

Sean Holley: Teams have different styles and flavours coming from four different countries, like-wise the refereeing and yet still, having local derbies in the mix.

Jonathan Davies: A mix of different styles…but it really needs to increase the intensity - which hopefully should happen this season with the new qualification.

Martyn Williams: More open and quicker games and not as forward orientated or attritional as the French and English leagues.