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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.