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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.