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Williams and Roberts back for finale

10/06/2021

Scrum half Rhodri Williams – fresh from his Wales recall – returns to captain the Dragons as they face Leinster Rugby in the final game of Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup at the RDS Arena on Friday evening (kick-off 8.15pm).

Fit-again Williams is called up as is experienced centre Jamie Roberts as Dean Ryan, Director of Dragons Rugby, makes a total of eight changes for the game in Dublin.

Wales international hooker Elliot Dee and Aaron Jarvis are named to pack down alongside prop Brok Harris on his final appearance for the Men of Gwent.

Lock Joe Davies partners Ben Carter – who was called up by Wales for the first time earlier this week – while back row Harrison Keddie returns at blindside.

There is a recall for Josh Lewis in the full back jersey while Owen Jenkins comes in on the wing.

Changes on the bench include a return for lock Joe Maksymiw.

“It’s important how we finish the season and that’s reflected in the team we have selected,” said Ryan.

“It’s about getting the right mix to our team so young players can have a positive experience surrounded by senior members of our squad.

“We’ve been pretty pleased with some of our performances in the competition, although we wanted better results.

“We have taken a huge amount from this part of the season and we want to finish in the right space to take that confidence and belief into next year.”

Dragons (v Leinster Rugby): Josh Lewis, Owen Jenkins, Aneurin Owen, Jamie Roberts, Rio Dyer, Sam Davies, Rhodri Williams (c); Brok Harris, Elliot Dee, Aaron Jarvis, Joe Davies, Ben Carter, Harrison Keddie, Ollie Griffiths, Ross Moriarty

Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Josh Reynolds, Chris Coleman, Joe Maksymiw, Taine Basham, Gonzalo Bertranou, Jack Dixon, Ioan Davies

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