Jarrod Evans returns for Scarlets clash

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Cardiff Blues have been boosted by the return of Jarrod Evans to the fly-half position ahead of the final Welsh derby of the winter run against Scarlets at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, 7.35pm kick-off.

The 24-year-old replaces Jason Tovey in the number 10 jersey and is one of eight changes to the side that took the field in the loss against the Ospreys last week, with three other Wales internationals joining him.

Cory Hill returns in the second row to captain the side having sat out the Ospreys loss with a slight shoulder issue, while James Botham will pack down on the openside flank after withdrawing late from the team last week. Matthew Morgan is also back at full-back for his first appearance in this set of derbies.

Elsewhere, Corey Domachowski and Liam Belcher are brought in at loosehead prop and hooker, respectively, while James Ratti packs down alongside Hill in the second row.

Willis Halaholo is also brought in to replace the injured Garyn Smith, partnering up with Rey Lee-Lo at centre for the first time since October. A positional change sees Hallam Amos moved to the wing to allow Morgan to wear 15.

Rhys Carre, Seb Davies, Alun Lawrence and Aled Summerhill all drop down to the replacements bench, where they are joined by the returning Ethan Lewis, Dillon Lewis and Ben Thomas.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Josh Adams, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Hallam Amos, Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Dmitri Arhip, James Ratti, Cory Hill (c), Shane Lewis-Hughes, James Botham, Josh Turnbull

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Alun Lawrence, Lloyd Williams, Ben Thomas, Aled Summerhill

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