Preview: Newport v Cardiff RFC

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Cardiff RFC return to action on Saturday as we travel to Newport for what is possibly a last trip to Rodney Parade.

With off-field ongoings between Newport and the Dragons there could be a requirement for the Black and Ambers to find a new home if nothing can be agreed regarding matchday payments.

For now though Rodney Parade will play host to the game between the old rivals in the week after the anniversary of the first ever encounter between Cardiff and Newport.

On 2nd December 1876 on the Marshes at Newport the two sides met for an inter-town fixture, with Cardiff falling to a defeat by two tries and 13 touches down to two touches down. Scoring was a bit different then!

Since then the two sides have played 425 further times with Cardiff winning 209 games to 157 games overall.

The most recent came last season when two tries each from Martin Roberts and Gareth Thompson and a further score from Morgan Allen secured a 32-38 win for the Blue and Blacks.

Newport have performed similarly to that game this season, losing five of their eight games so far but earning four losing bonus points as they don’t roll over easily.

Dan Preece comes in at loose-head prop alongside Matt Dwyer who made an impacxt when he came on against Bridgend. Skipper, Rhys Jenkins, and Josh Skinner return in the back row. Fit again, Adam Jones gets the twelve jersey with Connor Edwards as his centre partner.

Newport: Dan Preece, Matt Dwyer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Josh Reid, Rhys Jenkins (Capt.), Luke Crane, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Adam Jones, Conner Edwards, Jon Morris, Llywarch Al Myrddin.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Kyle Tayler, Dafydd Buckland, Geraint O’Driscoll, Ryan Gardner.

For Cardiff there are reintroductions for Lewis Jones and Dan Fish at half-back while Brynley Toms and Peter Lloyd form a new prop pair.

Tom Habberfield and James Beal start on the wing, while Sam Pailor comes in at lock. Iestyn Harris and Will Davies-King from the Cardiff Blues Academy are on the bench.

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

An historic game and one that means a lot to the supporters of both teams.

It starts an important run for Cardiff as the Blue and Blacks face Merthyr, Llandovery and Pontypridd this month. A win will be crucial.

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