Seven changes for Cardiff RFC’s trip North

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Cardiff RFC are back on the road to North Wales this weekend, this time for Indigo Group Premiership action live on S4C, 5.15pm kick-off on Saturday evening.

It comes after the Blue and Blacks won 40-24 at Parc Eirias back in September to make it through to the second round of the Specsavers Cup, a trophy that we are defending.

Steve Law has selected a starting XV that shows seven changes from that which beat Carmarthen 34-20 at the Arms Park last week, a win that kept Cardiff top of the table and secured four wins to start the league season for the first time in the semi-professional era.

Up front there is a switch as Ethan Lewis and Evan Yardley trade places at hooker, while there is a new partnership at lock with Callum Bradbury and Macauley Cook packing down as James Ratti drops to the bench.

In the back row there is an expected change as two-try scorer from last week Alex Everett replaces James Botham after the latter’s nasty looking head knock.

A change at fly-half sees Gareth Thompson and Dan Fish trade places, while Ben Thomas travelling with Cardiff Blues to Ulster results in a change in the midfield as Sam Beard moves to inside centre and Max Llewellyn comes in outside him.

The final change is Barney Nightingale returning to the squad on the wing in place of Joe Gatt.

On the bench there are recalls for Zach O’Driscoll to cover the back row and Joe Scrivens who will assist Fish in covering the backs.

Cardiff RFC: Edd Howley, James Beal, Max Llewellyn, Sam Beard, Barney Nightingale, Gareth Thompson, Tom Habberfield; Thomas Davies, Ethan Lewis, Ollie Drake, Macauley Cook, Callum Bradbury, James Thomas, Alex Everett, Morgan Allen (c)

Replacements: Evan Yardley, Brynley Toms, Peter Lloyd, James Ratti, Zach O’Driscoll, Ben Williams, Dan Fish, Joe Scrivens

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