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 Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.