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The Josh Adams centre experiment called off by Cardiff Blues

Josh Adams’ move to centre will have to wait after the Cardiff Blues were forced into a late change for their crucial Challenge Cup showdown with Leicester Tigers.

Adams had been named at 13 for the clash, but has been moved back to the wing.

The Blues said: “We can confirm a late change to the starting XV. Hallam Amos has been ruled out meaning Ben Thomas comes into the centre and Josh Adams moves back to the wing.

“Harri Millard named on the bench.”

Cardiff Blues head to the Midlands sitting in second place in Pool 5, and are currently five points behind the Gallagher Premiership outfit, with two rounds of European action to be played.

Leicester Tigers will guarantee a quarter-final spot if they get the better of the Welsh outfit at Welford Road in Pool 5.

The highest total for a best Pool runner-up in the Challenge Cup is 24 points (Cardiff Blues 2014/15 and La Rochelle 2016/17) while the lowest is 17 (London Irish 2015/16, Brive and Stade Francais Paris 2017/18).

Matthieu Jalibert of Bordeaux-Bègles is the top points scorer in the competition with 50 while Adam’s wing colleague Owen Lane, who scored a hat-trick against Pau in Round 4, and Leicester’s Jonah Holmes lead the try-scoring charts with four each.

Lane was not considered for selection against Leicester Tigers this weekend as a precaution due to a minor knee complaint.

After four rounds, Cardiff Blues 10 Jarrod Evans leads the way for most defenders beaten with 20.

Changed Cardiff Blues team: Matthew Morgan; Jason Harries, Ben Thomas, Rey Lee-Lo, Josh Adams; Jason Tovey, Lloyd Williams; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Dillon Lewis, Filo Paulo, Josh Turnbull, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Josh Navidi (capt.), Seb Davies

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Dmitri Arhip, James Ratti, Will Boyde, Olly Robinson, Tomos Williams, Harri Millard

More Saracens chat this week as Big Jim and Goodey discuss what the future holds for Saracens after Nigel Wrays decision to leave the club.

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The Josh Adams centre experiment called off by Cardiff Blues