12:55pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
By Chris Kirwan
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have brought back their big guns for tomorrow's RaboDirect Pro12 clash with Zebre at Rodney Parade.
Director of rugby Lyn Jones has made eight changes to the XV that started last weekend's 23-9 loss to Munster in Cork.
Wales and Lions number eight Toby Faletau is back along with wings Adam Hughes and Hallam Amos, half-backs Jason Tovey and Richie Rees, prop Owen Evans, hooker Sam Parry and lock Robert Sidoli. Hughes, Parry and Sidoli make their first starts of the campaign.
The Dragons have won both of their home games so far this season and a third success would lift them into the top half of the table.
"Confidence is a wonderful thing and it would be nice to finish this first period of RaboDirect Pro12 games with us halfway up the league," said Jones.
Zebre, who earned a losing bonus point against leaders Glasgow last weekend, hand starts to 11 of the XV that triumphed against Cardiff Blues in the capital a fortnight ago.
"We have shown that we can achieve points against any opponent if we take the field at our 100 per cent," said Italy lock Marco Bortolami, who skippers Zebre.
"We must have the attitude to put pressure on any team. We scored eight tries in different ways, this demonstrates the ability of this team to attack and not only to defend."
Dragons: D Evans, A Hughes, R Wardle, J Dixon, H Amos, J Tovey, R Rees, O Evans, S Parry, F Chaparro, R Sidoli, A Coombs (captain), N Talei, L Evans, T Faletau. Replacements: H Gustafson, P Price, D Way, M Screech, I Jones, J Evans, K Burton, W Harries.
Zebre: R Trevisan, L Sarto, T Iannone, G Garcia, D Berryman, L Orquera, B Leonard, S Perugini, D Giazzon, D Chistolini, G Biagi, M Bortolami (captain), M Bergamasco, A van Schalkwyk, S Vunisa. Replacements: T D'apice, M Aguero, C Fazzari, M van Vuren, F Cristiano, A Chillon, D Odiete, G Toniolatti
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