Newport Dragons vs Saracens LV Cup Preview

Newport Gwent Dragons have made ten changes to their side to face Saracens in the final round of Anglo Welsh LV Cup clashes this weekend.

The Dragons have a more senior look to their side with a number of the younger players who played last week like Ieuan Jones, Jonathan Evans and Luke Williams away with Wales Under-20s playing Ireland also on Friday night.

In all there are 10 changes in the Dragons starting line-up with a further 2 positional changes, Lewis Robling shifts from inside centre to the pivotal outside half position and Jamie Smith moves from fullback to the wing.

In the pack Sam Parry retains his place at hooker, as does Jevon Groves in the second row and Darren Waters at openside flanker.

Dragons coach Rob Appleyard is excited by the clash. “It is always great to play the English sides in competitions like this. There is always a different flavour to the games and they pose different challenges for both the players and coaches.”

“We have taken this competition very seriously this season, taking it as an opportunity to blood players who we feel will develop into important senior players here at the region.

“We have shown this intent once again in our selection tonight and have shown faith in guys like Sam Parry and Lewis Robling by selecting them in important positions for us.”

Meanwhile for Saracens Joel Tomkins gets the chance to pick up where he left off against Worcester Warriors last weekend with the former Wigan Warriors named in the centres.

Other changes see Luke Baldwin start at scrum half while Chris Wyles returns to start at full back. Duncan Taylor moves to the wing.

That means that Peter Stringer and Kameli Ratuvou move to the bench while after training with the England squad this week, Alex Goode also returns.

The Bookies have given Newport Gwent Dragons a 5 point start for this match as they are up against the Premiership Champions. 

Match : Newport Dragons vs Saracens
Date : Friday 3rd February 2012
Venue : Rodney Parade
Kick Off : 7:30pm


Newport Gwent Dragons : Martyn Thomas, Aled Brew, Adam Hughes, Ashley Smith (c), Jamie Smith, Lewis Robling, Wayne Evans, Nathan Williams, Sam Parry (Newport), Nathan Buck, Jevon Groves, Rob Sidoli, Gavin Thomas, Darren Waters, Tom Brown

Replacements : Steve Jones, Phil Price, Dan Way, Royce Cadman (Bedwas), Hugo Ellis, Joe Bedford, Andy Tuilagi, Steffan Jones

Saracens :15 Chris Wyles , 14 Michael Tagicakibau , 13 Joel Tomkins , 12 Adam Powell , 11 Duncan Taylor , 10 Nils Mordt , 9 Luke Baldwin , 1 John Smit , 2 Jamie George (c) , 3 Carlos Nieto , 4 George Kruis , 5 Eoin Sherriff , 6 Justin Melck , 7 Will Fraser , 8 Jackson Wray

Replacements : 16 Harry Allen , 17 Nick Auterac , 18 Petrus du Plessis , 19 Hugh Vyvyan , 20 Tom Jubb , 21 Peter Stringer , 22 Alex Goode , 23 Kameli Ratuvou

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