New signing Luke Nabaro is set to make his Newport debut in the inter-city derby match against Cardiff in Pool B of the Celtic League at Rodney Parade on Saturday night (Kick-off 5.30 pm).
The former Bristol player will appear on the left wing as one of four changes from the side that fell 18-12 to unbeaten Connacht in Galway last Friday night.
Nabaro comes into the side in place of England Under 21 wing Alex Cadwallader. There are three changes to the pack with James Richards returning at hooker in place of Paul Young, Mike Voyle taking over from Matthew Veater at lock and Steve Ojomoh coming into the back row in place
of Alix Popham.
Wales A back row man Andrew Powell is fit to resume among the replacements, and further good news for the club is that Wales centre Jason Jones-Hughes is set to make a return to playing action on Monday night in the Newport United game against English First Division leaders Worcester.
That game kicks-off at Rodney Parade at 7.30 pm and will be the second fixture of the season for the reformed United XV. More than 800 people turned up to see their return match against a Bristol Shoguns United XV and another good turn out is expected on Monday night (Tickets are Å"3 and free
to season ticket holders).
NEWPORT V CARDIFF: THE RECORD
The first game was played on Newport marshes on December 2, 1876. Since then the clubs have met. A crowd of 200 turned up and gate receipts were Å"5. Newport won convincingly in what was Cardiff's first competitive game as a
LAST FOUR RESULTS
Dec 26, 2000: Newport 16, Cardiff 23Aug 29, 2001: Cardiff 20, Newport 14 Mar 29, 2002: Cardiff 20, Newport 14 Apr 26, 2002: Newport 14, Cardiff 17
NEWPORT RUGBY: Matt Pini; Matt Mostyn, Andy Marinos, Scott Williams, Luke Nabaro; Shane Howarth, Ofisa Tonu'u; Rod Snow, James Richards, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Mike Voyle, Jason Forster. Gareth Gravell, Steve Ojomoh.
Replacements: David Pattison, Paul Young, Joe Powell, Andy Powell, Alex
Cadwallader, Michael Hook, Dale Burn.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.