European call-ups spark Blue and Black changes

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There are once again a number of changes to the Cardiff RFC side as they return to Indigo Group Premiership this weekend with a trip to Bridgend.

Four players are unavailable as they have been called up to the Cardiff Blues squad for the European Challenge Cup tie against Calvisano, so Steve Law must do without James Ratti, James Botham, Dan Fish and Ben Thomas.

In their places Sam Pailor is in at lock, Alex Everett starts in the back row, Leon Andrews comes into the centre and Joe Scrivens starts at full-back.

There is one other change up front as Ollie Drake swaps with Peter Lloyd again at tighthead, while there is a reshuffle in the backline to introduce Andrews at 13 with Max Llewellyn moving to 12.

Sam Beard drops to the bench, while Barney Nightingale is ruled out for a few weeks after his head knock. Joe Gatt and Cardiff Blues Academy’s Ioan Davies start on the wing.

Teddy Williams, Zach O’Driscoll and Edd Howley come on to the bench.

Cardiff RFC: Joe Scrivens, Ioan Davies, Leon Andrews, Max Llewellyn, Joe Gatt, Gareth Thompson, Tom Habberfield; Thomas Davies, Evan Yardley, Ollie Drake, Sam Pailor, Callum Bradbury, James Thomas, Alex Everett, Morgan Allen (c)

Replacements: Hugo Souto, Brynley Toms, Peter Lloyd, Teddy Williams, Zach O’Driscoll, Ethan Lloyd, Sam Beard, Edd Howley

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