Blue and Blacks draft in the young guns

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Cardiff RFC have made seven changes to the team that will line up against Ebbw Vale at the Arms Park on Friday night.

The majority of new faces come in the backs where there is an influx of Cardiff Blues players, including academy back Mason Grady. He will start on the wing becoming the second youngest starter in the Indigo Group Premiership for the Blue and Blacks at 17 years and 7 months.

Grady follows in the footsteps of his brother Cory Allen who played 26 times for Cardiff RFC between 2011 and 2014, scoring eight tries.

Other new faces see Dan Fish get the nod at fly-half and Ben Thomas slot in at inside centre, while scrum-half Ben Williams, outside centre Max Llewellyn, winger Barney Nightingale and full-back Edd Howley retain their places.

Up front there is a switch at hooker as Evan Yardley and Ethan Lewis swap places, while Teddy Williams comes in to partner Macauley Cook at lock. In the back row two changes sees Zach O’Driscoll start on the openside and James Botham wear eight, while James Thomas captains the team for the first time.

There is also a potential debutant from the Cardiff Blues Academy on the bench, where scrum-half Ethan Lloyd is set to play for the first time at 18.

Morgan Allen, Alex Everett and Gareth Thompson all drop to join him as a replacement.

Cardiff RFC: Edd Howley, Mason Grady, Max Llewellyn, Ben Thomas, Barney Nightingale, Dan Fish, Ben Williams; Thomas Davies, Evan Yardley, Ollie Drake, Teddy Williams, Macauley Cook, James Thomas (c), Zach O’Driscoll, James Botham

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brynley Toms, Peter Lloyd, Morgan Allen, Alex Everett, Ethan Lloyd, Gareth Thompson, Joe Scrivens

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