Preview: Dragons v London Irish

Wales full-back Kevin Morgan will start his first game for over a month when the Dragons play host to London Irish in the Heineken Cup at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Morgan who has been sidelined with a knee injury comes back into the side at full-back in one of three changes to the starting XV.

“I’ve been out for the past month with a knee injury and re-hab has gone well and I’m pleased to be back,” Morgan said.

“We enjoy playing at home and we are confident, we are a good side at home and hopefully we play well enough to get that victory.

“We all recognised that last weekend was a game we could and should have won. That is maybe a sign of how far we have come as a team that we can go to Perpignan and be disappointed to have not come away with a victory.”

The other two changes see young scrum-half Wayne Evans come in for his first Heineken Cup start, which means Andy Williams drops to the bench.

With promising young flanker Dan Lydiate stretchered off last week he is replaced by Jamie Ringer. The full extent of Lydiate’s injury is not known yet but it is expected he will be out of action for at least six months.

More to follow…

The Teams:

Dragons: 15 Kevin Morgan, 14 Gareth Wyatt, 13 Rhodri Gomer Davies, 12 Ashley Smith, 11 Richard Mustoe, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Wayne Evans, 8 Colin Charvis (c), 7 Richard Parks, 6 Jamie Ringer, 5 Michael Owen, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Rhys Thomas, 2 Steve Jones, 1 Adam Black.
Replacements: 16 Ben Daly, 17 Hugh Gustafson, 18 Andrew Hall, 19 Joe Bearman, 20 Andrew Williams, 21 Aled Thomas, 22 Paul Emerick.

London Irish: tbc

Date: Saturday 17 November, 2007
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT
Venue: Rodney Parade, Newport
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)
Touch judges: Eric Gauzens (France), Claude Tajan (France)
Television match official: Daniel Dartigeas (France)

 

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