Cardiff Blues ring the changes for visit of Calvisano

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John Mulvihill has named an experimental Cardiff Blues side for the final European Challenge Cup pool game against Calvisano on Saturday at the Arms Park, 1pm kick-off.

A number of players have been rested ahead of the Six Nations, with Josh Navidi, Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, Owen Lane and Josh Adams stood down, while Josh Turnbull also gets a well-deserved rest after a busy festive period.

With injuries being suffered by Hallam Amos, Harri Millard and Matthew Morgan last weekend, there is an opportunity for a number of backs to get game time after finding themselves on the periphery in recent times.

Lewis Jones makes his first start since November at scrum-half, Garyn Smith is in at centre also for the first time since November and Dan Fish starts at full-back making his first Cardiff Blues appearance since February.

There is also a recall for Aled Summerhill who plays on the wing for the first time since the tragic passing of his brother last month, and a warm Arms Park welcome awaits the Rhondda Rocket who already has four tries to his name in this competition so far this season.

In the forwards there is a change at hooker where Ethan Lewis will make his 50th appearance for Cardiff Blues, while Seb Davies moves up to second row to partner Filo Paulo. Nick Williams returns to captain the side from number eight with Olly Robinson starting on the openside.

The bench sees a recall for Rhys Gill to cover loosehead, while Macauley Cook is the second row cover, possibly making his first appearance since December, while Lloyd Williams drops down from the starting XV, Ben Thomas looks set to cover fly-half and Max Llewellyn could make his European debut if he comes on.

Cardiff Blues: Dan Fish, Jason Harries, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Aled Summerhill, Jason Tovey, Lewis Jones; Corey Domachowski, Ethan Lewis, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Filo Paulo, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Olly Robinson, Nick Williams (c)

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Rhys Gill, Dmitri Arhip, Macauley Cook, Will Boyde, Lloyd Williams, Ben Thomas, Max Llewellyn

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