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Newport Gwent D'gons
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- Guinness PRO12
- 30th Mar 2013
- KO 14:30
- Ground: Rodney Parade, Newport
RaboDirect PRO12 match preview: Dragons v Scarlets
Newport Gwent Dragons have made wholesale changes to their side ahead of Saturday's encounter with Scarlets at the Millennium Stadium.
Welsh team officials have championed this weekend's RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures with two derbies on offer.
First up the Dragons take on Scarlets, before Cardiff Blues face the Ospreys in a double-header at the national stadium.
Wales internationals Toby Faletau and Dan Lydiate are named in the Dragons back row alongside Nic Cudd who retains his place at openside flanker.
But they are without loosehead prop Phil Price, who will undergo knee surgery next week, although Aaron Coundley, Hugh Gustafson and Dan Way all return to the front row.
Following a successful Six Nations campaign with Wales Andrew Coombs leads the Dragons out as they make their first appearance at the national stadium.
Meanwhile, the Scarlets welcome their Wales international contingent back to the starting line-up as coach Simon Easterby seeks a third successive victory.
Centres Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams return to the side with Gareth Maule dropping to the bench and Adam Warren left out of the squad.
On the wings George North and Liam Williams get the nod leaving Andy Fenby out of side while Matthew Rees starts at hooker.
Dragons: 15 Tom Prydie, 14 Will Harries, 13 Pat Leach, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Ross Wardle, 10 Dan Evans, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Toby Faletau 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Rob Sidoli, 4 Andrew Coombs (capt), 3 Dan Way, 2 Hugh Gustafson, 1 Aaron Coundley. Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Nathan Buck, 19 Jevon Groves, 20 Ieuan Jones, 21 Wayne Evans, 22 Steffan Jones, 23 Adam Hughes.
Scarlets: 15 Gareth Owen, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Rob McCusker (capt), 7 Johnathan Edwards, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Johan Synman, 4 George Earle, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Deacon Manu, 19 Sione Timani, 20 Josh Turnbull, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Gareth Maule.
What they said...
Scarlets coach Simon Easterby
"The boys have prepared well - it's been an intense training week at Parc y Scarlets with plenty of competition to get into the starting XV which has really added an edge," he told the club's official website.
Dragons second row Rob Sidoli
"The Millennium Stadium is a special place for both the players and the fans and it's a great concept to have these two derby matches here on the same day the atmosphere will be amazing," he told the club's official website.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 27th February|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Leinster|
|19:35||Ulster vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 28th February|
|19:15||Munster vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Sunday 1st March|
|12:45||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|17:00||Zebre vs Dragons|
|17:15||Connacht vs Treviso|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Zebre 7 - 31 Munster|
|Cardiff Blues 13 - 22 Leinster|
|Friday 9th January|
|Connacht 13 - 16 Edinburgh|
|Glasgow 22 - 7 Scarlets|
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