Jamie Corsi (of the Academy and attached to Ebbw Vale) has overcome his knee injury to start at tight head prop while Peter Sidoli partners Luke Charteris at lock. In the back row Owen starts at blindside flanker with Nic Fitisemanu at No.8.
Newport Gwent Dragons: Gareth Wyatt; Gareth Chapman, Paul Emerick, Ashley Smith, Aled Brew; Aled Thomas, Alex Walker; Adam Black, Ben Daly, Jamie Corsi, Luke Charteris, Peter Sidoli, Michael Owen (C), Jamie Ringer, Nic Fitisemanu
Replacements: Richard Wilkes, Gethin Robinson, Andrew Hall, James Harris, Richard Fussell, Phil Dolman, Gareth Baber
Border Reivers: Calum MacRae; Simon Danielli, Nick De Luca, Ben MacDougall, Garry Law; Gregor Townsend, Chris Cusiter (C); Ryan Grant, Ross Ford, Bruce Douglas, John Dalziel, Opeta Palepoi, Scott Newlands, Andy Miller, Scott Forrest
Replacements: Steve Scott, Ed Kalman, Richie Vernon, Roddy Grant, Rob Chrystie, Steve Jones, Dougie Flockhart
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)