Rags forced into changes for RGC trip

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Cardiff head coach Steve Law has made 10 changes to the starting XV that lost to Merthyr last week, with a number of them enforced as his Blue and Blacks head for North Wales and a game with RGC.

With the first team seeing 10 players head for international duty, the likes of Theo Bevacqua, Teddy Williams, Gwilym Bradley, Ethan Lloyd and Harri Millard are all set to be involved in the 23 to face Dragons on Saturday, or retained in the capital as reserves.

As a result there is a new look to the Rags team starting up front where Brynley Toms and Keiron Assiratti get the nod as the prop pairing, while Ben Murphy returns to fitness to start in the second row. Alex Everett and Morgan Allen, who captains the side, are restored to the back row as Sam Moore moves to blindside flanker.

In the backs Rory Harries, on permit from Bedwas, starts at scrum-half, while Ryan Wilkins and Tom Hoppe form the centre partnership. There’s debuts on both wings with Theo Cabango and George Gasson starting.

On the bench there are more potential competitive debuts as Nathan Evans, naturally a tighthead but covering loosehead, former Wales U20 captain Alex Mann and Cameron Winnett are all involved. Ollie Drake is called upon to cover tighthead, Rhys Anstey and Ioan Evans are the second row and outside back options, respectively, after starting last week, while Liam Free covers scrum-half on permit from Fairwater.

Cardiff: Jacob Beetham, Theo Cabango, Tom Hoppe, Ryan Wilkins, George Gasson, Jack Maynard, Rory Harries; Brynley Toms, Iestyn Harris, Keiron Assiratti, Ben Murphy, Sean Moore, Sam Moore, Alex Everett, Morgan Allen (c)

Replacements: Evan Yardley, Nathan Evans, Ollie Drake, Rhys Anstey, Alex Mann, Liam Free, Cameron Winnett, Ioan Evans

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