Toby Faletau back to spearhead Dragons' charge against Blues

Toby Faletau back to spearhead Dragons' charge against Blues

Toby Faletau back to spearhead Dragons' charge against Blues

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

TOBY Faletau will make his first start for Newport Gwent Dragons since October in the Boxing Day derby with Cardiff Blues in the capital.

The number eight, who was a replacement in the Amlin Challenge Cup 50-3 drubbing of Mogliano last weekend, is joined in the back row by captain Lewis Evans and openside Nic Cudd.

Andrew Coombs partners Rob Sidoli in the second row while Sam Parry is preferred at hooker to Hugh Gustafson.

Teenager Hallam Amos starts at full-back while Mike Poole and Will Harries are selected on the wings outside a powerful midfield of Andy Tuilagi and Pat Leach.

Dan Evans continues at fly-half and will be handed responsibility from the kicking tee as well as being told to pin the Blues back with his left peg.

The Blues retain former Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey in his secondary position of full-back and opt for Robin Copeland rather than Josh Navidi in the back row.

Blues: J Tovey, A Cuthbert, G Evans, D Hewitt, H Robinson, R Patchell, L Jones, S Hobbs, R Williams, S Andrews, B Davies, L Reed, R Copeland, S Warburton, A Pretorius (captain). Replacements: K Dacey, T Filise, B Bourrust, J Down, J Navidi, A Walker, C Sweeney, R Smith.

Dragons: H Amos, W Harries, P Leach, A Tuilagi, M Poole, D Evans, W Evans, P Price, S Parry, D Way, A Coombs, R Sidoli, L Evans (captain), N Cudd, T Faletau. Replacements: H Gustafson, O Evans, N Buck, A Jones, T Brown, J Evans, L Robling, J Dixon.

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4:30pm Mon 24 Dec 12

rhinestine says...

Will be boring.....I hope we have a dust up like Tito and bear man had some years ago at the arms park on boxing day, at least it's entertainment!
Will be boring.....I hope we have a dust up like Tito and bear man had some years ago at the arms park on boxing day, at least it's entertainment! rhinestine
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7:07pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Hope it won't be boring as suggested, a fight or two may spark it up a bit but hopefully won't spoil the match. And to show I don't hold a grudge to any other poster, have a good Christmas everyone and hope to see you all at both the Arms Park and Rodney Parade for the game against the Ospreys. Merry Christmas all.
Hope it won't be boring as suggested, a fight or two may spark it up a bit but hopefully won't spoil the match. And to show I don't hold a grudge to any other poster, have a good Christmas everyone and hope to see you all at both the Arms Park and Rodney Parade for the game against the Ospreys. Merry Christmas all. Robert Shillabeer
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7:40am Tue 25 Dec 12

SWBorderer says...

Merry Christmas everyone.
Merry Christmas everyone. SWBorderer
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