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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
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Dragons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|TBC||Leinster vs Zebre|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|Friday 26th December|
|Ulster 13 - 10 Connacht|
|Munster 28 - 13 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 17 - 23 Dragons|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
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