New props for Cardiff RFC trip to Rodney Parade

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Cardiff RFC are back in action this Saturday after a weekend off last week, as the Blue and Blacks travel to old rivals Newport for an Indigo Group Premiership clash.

Head coach Steve Law has made six changes to the side that beat Aberavon last time out to ensure the winning run at the start of this season continued, and the gap at the top of the league extended to 12 points heading into the festive period.

Two of them come in the front row where Brynley Toms and Peter Lloyd form a new propping combination either side of Evan Yardley, while Sam Pailor is in at second row alongside Callum Bradbury.

Lewis Jones returns to Premiership action after a few weeks with Cardiff Blues, lining up at scrum-half alongside Dan Fish, who moves up to fly-half as Edd Howley starts for the first time since the 1st November at full-back.

There is also a new wing pair with Tom Habberfield moving wide from scrum-half to wear number 11, while James Beal returns to the starting line-up after picking up a head knock away at RGC in the league back in October.

On the bench there is a welcome return to action for Cardiff Blues Academy hooker Iestyn Harris, who has spent the last year on the sidelines and will potentially make his Blue and Blacks debut, while another young prospect Will Davies-King covers tighthead.

Kieran Martin and Zach O’Driscoll are back in the squad as second and back row cover respectively, while both Gareth Thompson and Joe Scrivens are on the bench, with Tom Habberfield covering scrum-half from his starting spot on the wing.

Cardiff RFC: Edd Howley, James Beal, Sam Beard, Max Llewellyn, Tom Habberfield, Dan Fish, Lewis Jones; Brynley Toms, Evan Yardley, Peter Lloyd, Sam Pailor, Callum Bradbury, James Thomas, Alex Everett, Morgan Allen (c)

Replacements: Iestyn Harris, Thomas Davies, Will Davies-King, Kieran Martin, Zach O’Driscoll, Gareth Thompson, Joe Scrivens, Joe Gatt

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