Dragons ring the changes for Mogliano
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have made seven changes to their starting XV for their Amlin Challenge Cup opener against Mogliano tomorrow evening.
Lock Andrew Coombs and centre Jack Dixon miss out after suffering ankle and foot injuries respectively in last Friday’s 30-7 win against Zebre.
Matthew Screech replaces the captain in the second row while Ross Wardle moves from 13 to 12 with Adam Hughes shifting from the wing to partner him in midfield.
Director of rugby Lyn Jones has also brought in blindside flanker Ieuan Jones, openside Nic Cudd, scrum-half Jonathan Evans, fly-half Kris Burton and wings Tom Prydie and Will Harries with Hallam Amos moving to full-back.
Lock Robert Sidoli will skipper the side while 19-year-old hooker Elliot Dee is poised for his Dragons debut off the bench.
Scrum-half Wayne Evans and fly-half/centre Lewis Robling are return from back and ankle injuries respectively to be among the replacements.
It would be a gigantic shock if the Dragons, who beat Mogliano 53-3 and 33-0 in 2012/13, didn't record their fourth win from four games at Rodney Parade this season.
They should also bag a bonus point, even if Jones & Co have respectfully dismissed the idea of racking up the tries.
"My job is to set the team and individuals targets," said the director of rugby. "The result against Zebre was good but the performance was average.
"There is much more to come from us and we are not getting carried away with results. The players know that there is more work to be done and that they need to be more accurate."
Mogliano include South African Meyer Swanepoel in the back row but leave former Leicester and England Under-21s fly-half Matt Cornwell on the bench.
Dragons: H Amos, W Harries, A Hughes, R Wardle, T Prydie, K Burton, J Evans, O Evans, S Parry, F Chaparro, M Screech, R Sidoli (captain), I Jones, N Cudd, T Faletau. Replacements: E Dee, P Price, D Way, N Talei, A Jones, W Evans, J Tovey, L Robling.
Mogliano: N Fadalti, A Zorzi, G Benvenuti, T Boni, F Guarducci, E Padovani, E Endrizzi, A Costa Repetto, O Gega, A Ceglie, F Maso, J Bocchi, M Swanepoel, A Ceccato (captain), T Halvorsen. Replacements: I Gianesini, S Ferrari, M Ravelle, M Lazzaroni, A Trotta,A Giabardo, M Cornwell, E Ceccato.
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
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