Cardiff Blues A ring the changes for Ulster trip

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Cardiff Blues A have made eight changes to the team that lost to Leinster A last weekend as they prepare to head out to Northern Ireland to take on Ulster A.

Coaches Gethin Jenkins and T Rhys Thomas have brought some more Cardiff Blues Academy players into the fold, as well as taking a chance to look at some different Indigo Group Premiership stars, ahead of the league getting back underway the following week.

There is only one change in the tight five where Huw Owen and Thomas Davies swap places at loosehead, as James Ratti is fit enough to retain his place in the second row, but an all-new back row sees Pontypridd’s Sean Moore, Cardiff RFC’s Morgan Allen and new Blue and Blacks signing Nathan Hudd pack down.

Injury does keep Tom Habberfield out of the side though, as Jamie Hill takes on the starting job after impressing off the bench last week, and he is joined at half-back by Cardiff RFC’s Gareth Thompson.

Sam Beard continues as captain at inside centre, with Barney Nightingale swapping with Alex Knott outside him following a try scoring cameo for the former last week, while Wales 7s squad member Dafydd Smith starts on the wing in the only change to the back three.

Cameron Lewis is officially named on the bench this week, having been a late addition as hooker cover against Leinster before coming on to score two tries, while fellow academy front rower Ben Warren is named as tighthead cover.

Merthyr players Paddy McBride and James Soanes cover lock and scrum-half respectively, while Rhys Davies is another Academy call-up as a fly-half.

The game takes place at Gibson Park, the home of Belfast’s Malone RFC, this Saturday with a 7.30pm kick-off.

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