Dragons fullback Martyn Thomas returns to league action at Rodney Parade Saturday night as the Men of Gwent take on Aironi (6:30pm)
Dragons Head Coach Darren Edwards has made 3 changes to the side that took on Leinster last weekend. Wayne Evans and Lewis Evans come into the starting lineup, replacing Joe Bedford and Hugo Ellis respectively whilst Dan Way comes in for the injured Ben Castle and Andrew Coombs moves from blindside to number 8.
“Although we were disappointed with the results over the last two weeks, to keep things in perspective we are missing 7 out of our first 15 at the moment through international call-ups and injury and with our squad that is a lot to accommodate,” said Edwards.
“When you think that Rhys Buckley, Nathan Williams and Mike Poole all got their first taste of professional rugby over the last fortnight it shows that there is a great deal to come from this squad.
“There are a lot of positives to take out of our trips to Ireland. We had a very competitive back row with 2 international players to come back into the squad. Andrew Coombs has been very impressive in particular.”
Newport Gwent Dragons
15 Martyn Thomas, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tom Riley, 12 Pat Leach, 11 Mike Poole, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Wayne Evans, 1 Phil Price, 2 Tom Willis, 3 Dan Way, 4 Adam Jones, 5 Rob Sidoli, 6 Lewis Evans, 7 Gavin Thomas, 8 Andrew Coombs
16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Nathan Williams, 18 Nathan Buck, 19 Darren Waters , 20 Jevon Groves, 21 Joe Bedford, 22 Matthew Jones, 23 Matthew Pewtner