Three Cardiff Blues changes for all-important Benetton clash

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Cardiff Blues have made three changes to the starting XV that lost out to Munster last time as Dai Young’s men travel to Benetton this Sunday, 1pm kick-off UK time.

Two of them are injury enforced as Liam Belcher starts at hooker after Kirby Myhill was withdrawn from the clash with the Irish side at half-time, while Olly Robinson makes his first start since November replacing Shane Lewis-Hughes who is out for the rest of the season after a shoulder operation.

The final change sees Keiron Assiratti start at tighthead with the circumstances behind Dmitri Arhip’s non-inclusion unknown, as the backline stays unchanged.

There are a number of new faces on the bench where Iestyn Harris is the hooker cover, Dillon Lewis is back from injury as the tighthead prop option, Alun Lawrence is recalled to cover the back row and Jarrod Evans is released from the Wales squad to back-up Ben Thomas, while Rhys Gill and Jason Harries could make their first appearances of the season at loosehead prop and wing, respectively.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Owen Lane, Mason Grady, Rey Lee-Lo, Aled Summerhill, Ben Thomas, Jamie Hill; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Keiron Assiratti, Seb Davies, Rory Thornton, Olly Robinson, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Turnbull (c)

Replacements: Iestyn Harris, Rhys Gill, Dillon Lewis, James Ratti, Alun Lawrence, Lewis Jones, Jarrod Evans, Jason Harries

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