Wales duo return to Dragons team that boasts 215kg midfield pairing
Wales international duo Aaron Wainwright and Jonah Holmes return to the starting line-up as head coach Dean Ryan makes eight changes to the side that faced Bordeaux-Begles in Europe last weekend. Holmes slots in at full-back while there is also a recall for speedsters Ashton Hewitt and Owen Jenkins on the wings.
Welsh international Nick Tompkins misses the game on compassionate leave the club have said.
Matthew Screech and Ben Carter return to join forces in the second row. Wainwright is named at Number Eight while Harrison Keddie returns in the six jersey. Prop Brok Harris packs down up front and will play his 100th Guinness PRO14 game.
Wales international Leon Brown and scrum-half Luke Baldwin are named among the replacements. A number of players are self-isolating due to community transmissions, including scrum half Rhodri Williams who misses the derby game.
John Mulvihill will be absent from Rodney Parade after being identified as a Covid-19 close contact but will be keeping a close eye on affairs from home. Wales’ Capital Region have triumphed over the Dragons in the last 10 Championship encounters, however the hosts go into the East Wales showdown on the back of three consecutive wins.
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Kick is at 3pm.
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