Mulvihill rings changes but misses opportunities for the Ospreys

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Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill has made 13 changes to the starting XV for Sunday’s game against the Ospreys at Rodney Parade.

Only Josh Turnbull, who switches from blindside flanker to lock, and Josh Adams, who crosses from right to left wing, remain from last week’s 32-12 defeat away at Scarlets.

There is a new front row with Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher and Dmitri Arhip packing down, while Seb Davies is promoted from the bench to partner Turnbull in the engine room.

Josh Navidi will captain the side from number eight this week, and is joined by Shane Lewis-Hughes and James Botham in the back row.

Lloyd Williams comes in for the injured Tomos Williams at scrum-half and is partnered at half-back by Jason Tovey, while Max Llewellyn and Garyn Smith form the centre duo.

Joining Adams in the back three is Jason Harries on one wing, while Matthew Morgan gets the nod at full-back.

On the bench Brad Thyer, Ethan Lewis and Scott Andrews form the replacement front row, James Ratti covers the second row and Sam Moore could make his debut if he comes on.

Lewis Jones is the replacement scrum-half, another survivor from last week’s 23 in Ben Thomas is the fly-half and centre option, while Ioan Davies will cover the back three.

Owen Lane was not considered for selection due to a tight groin, but there is disappointment at not seeing any of Iestyn Harris, Alun Lawrence, Jamie Hill or Mason Grady, while Ben Thomas not starting at 10 is seen as a missed opportunity.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Jason Harries, Garyn Smith, Max Llewellyn, Josh Adams, Jason Tovey, Lloyd Williams; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Dmitri Arhip, Seb Davies, Josh Turnbull, Shane Lewis-Hughes, James Botham, Josh Navidi (c)

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Scott Andrews, James Ratti, Sam Moore, Lewis Jones, Ben Thomas, Ioan Davies

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