Newport Gwent Dragons name team to take on Munster

Newport Gwent Dragons have named their side to take on Munster at the Irish Independent Park, as they return to the Guinness PRO12 competition this Friday night, KO 19:35.


Head Coach Kingsley Jones has named a strong side which includes the return of first team regulars who sat out last weekend’s Anglo-Welsh Cup clash. One of these changes is Skipper Lewis Evans who along with Adam Warren signed a new contract with the Region last week. 

24-year-old Pat Howard returns to the back three to join fellow wing Adam Hughes and fullback Carl Meyer who reached his 50th appearance for the Dragons last weekend. The centre partnership sees Tyler Morgan partnered by Adam Warren this weekend, with fly-half Dorian Jones retaining his position and scrum-half Tavis Knoyle returning to the starting XV.

In the front row, Sam Hobbs retains his position as loose head prop with hooker Rhys Buckley and tighthead prop Brok Harris joining him. Last weekend’s double try scorer Matthew Screech gets the nod in the second row alongside Rynard Landman, as the back row sees flankers Ollie Griffiths and Nic Cudd named alongside number 8 Lewis Evans.

On the replacements bench Thomas Davies, Angus O’Brien and Sam Beard are joined by Elliot Dee, Lloyd Fairbrother, Nick Crosswell, Harrison Keddie and Sarel Pretorius.

Looking ahead to the game Dragons forwards coach Ceri Jones said; “It’s a very, very difficult place to go. It will be a huge challenge and we just need to go there and put in an 80-minute performance on the field. We know we can do that and we can be competitive with any team in the league, but it’s down to us to stop making those stupid errors.

“We know the threats that they are going to impose on the rugby field and we have prepared really well for them. We know what is coming, so if we deal with that and then put our game onto the pitch, I am sure that we will give a good account of ourselves.”

Newport Gwent Dragons team to face Munster Rugby

15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Tavis Knoyle; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Rhys Buckley, 3 Brok Harris, 4 Matthew Screech, 5 Rynard Landman, 6 Ollie Griffiths, 7 Nic Cudd, 8 Lewis Evans ©.

Replacements; Elliot Dee, Thomas Davies, Lloyd Fairbrother, Nick Crosswell, Harrison Keddie, Sarel Pretorius, Angus O’Brien, Sam Beard.

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