Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Feb 2012


Newport Gwent Dragons have made 3 changes to the starting line-up to face Aironi in Viadana on Sunday (26 February, 3:30pm GMT).

Joe Bedford has had to pull out with a shoulder injury; Wayne Evans comes into the scum half spot in his place and James Leadbeater comes onto the bench.

In the forwards there is a shuffle in the back row. Darren Waters is rested after taking a knock so Gavin Thomas moves to open side flanker with Tom Brown promoted from the bench to start at number 8. The final change is in the front row where Phil Price starts at prop in place of Nathan Williams.

Bedwas’ Royce Cadman is named on the bench to alleviate the Dragons’ second row injury problems. Cadman has been rewarded for his impressive performances in the Premiership this season and would make his RaboDirect PRO12 debut if he comes off the bench (his previous 2 appearances were in the LV= Cup).

Newport Gwent Dragons
15 Martyn Thomas
14 Adam Hughes
13 Andy Tuilagi
12 Ashley Smith (c)
11 Aled Brew
10 Jason Tovey
9 Wayne Evans
1 Phil Price
2 Steve Jones
3 Nathan Buck
4 Jevon Groves
5 Rob Sidoli
6 Lewis Evans
7 Gavin Thomas
8 Tom Brown

16 Sam Parry
17 Nathan Williams
18 Dan Way
19 Royce Cadman
20 Hugo Ellis
21 James Leadbeater
22 Lewis Robling
23 Will Harries


Connacht Rugby Squad Update

Ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 round 7 game away to Leinster, the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update. Dominic Robertson McCoy (arm), Eoin Griffin (concussion) and Tiernan O’Halloran (knee) will all return to full team training this week. Ronan Loughney suffered a hamstring injury in training last week which ruled him out […]