Cardiff head coach Steve Law has named a side showing 9 changes from the win over RGC as Newport arrive at the Arms Park for a Friday night fixture after a week off.
The Rags have enjoyed some recovery time after the victory in Colwyn Bay brought the first six games of the Indigo Group Premiership Cup campaign to an end, with the capital city side just a point behind tonight’s visitors the Black and Ambers at the top of the eastern pool.
Only Nathan Evans, who switches from tighthead to loosehead prop, Sean Moore, Alex Everett, Tom Hoppe, Theo Cabango and Jacob Beetham retain their places in the starting XV, as a number of players who have featured heavily so far this season return.
Efan Daniel is back starting at hooker, James Richards slots in alongside Moore in the second row, Gwilym Bradley packs down on the openside flank, Ethan Lloyd and Dan Fish team up once again at half-back, and Ioan Evans returns at inside centre.
Elsewhere there are newer faces as Keiron Assiratti starts at tighthead after withdrawing late from the side to face RGC to act as a reserve for the first team, Alun Lawrence will make his Rags debut at number eight, while Cameron Winnett gets a first start after coming off the bench last time out.
On the bench there are recalls for hooker Alun Rees and tighthead prop Llyr Green, while Rory Harries, still on permit from Bedwas, Jack Maynard and Ryan Wilkins move to the replacements bench as the backs options.
Cardiff: Jacob Beetham, Theo Cabango, Tom Hoppe, Ioan Evans, Cameron Winnett, Dan Fish, Ethan Lloyd; Nathan Evans, Efan Daniel, Keiron Assiratti, Sean Moore, James Richards, Alex Everett (c), Alun Lawrence
Replacements: Alun Rees, Rhys Barratt, Llyr Green, Rhys Anstey, Alex Mann, Rory Harries, Jack Maynard, Ryan Wilkins