Cross Keys ring changes for Bridgend
CROSS Keys make nine changes from the starting XV which beat Ealing in the British and Irish Cup last week for the visit of Bridgend in the Principality Premiership.
Newport Gwent Dragons outside half Steffan Jones remains at No 10 as he continues his comeback from a dislocated elbow in Keys’ pre-season friendly against Coventry.
Ryan James comes in for Rhys Dyer at scrum half while there is a new front row in Richard Cornock, Darren Hughes and Anthony ‘Vinny’ Lott.
Last week’s hat trick of tries hero Tom Lampard moves from lock to openside flanker while Ollie Hodge will partner younger brother Dan in the second row.
Reuben Tucker is on the blindside instead of Dragons back row forward Ieuan Jones who scored a try in last week’s 24-15 bonus point win at Ealing.
Phil Williams overcomes a shoulder injury to partner captain Leon Andrews in the centre while Nathan Trowbridge is selected on the wing in place of James Cordy-Redden.
Prop Mitchell Auger, 21, from Ystrad Rhondda is on the bench.
After winning two from two in the British and Irish Cup, Keys will look to make progress in the Premiership after an average start with two wins and two defeats.
They should fancy their chances against a Bridgend side struggling in the league with just one victory and four losses to show for their efforts so far.
Newport look to bounce back at Llandovery after their disappointing 32-17 defeat away to their fiercest rivals Cardiff a fortnight ago.
The Black and Ambers need to kick start their season after winning just once and going down to four defeats in the league.
They are without a number of players, including centre Tyler Morgan, prop Alex Jeffries, wing Elliot Frewen, front row forward Jamie Jeune and hooker Andrew Brown.
The good news is that Dale Rogers is back in the No 2 jersey after overcoming his ankle injury and the Black and Ambers have exciting centres in Dan Robinson and former Dragons captain Ashley Smith in midfield.
Abergavenny-born hooker Henry Palmer, 18, who has yet to make his Premiership debut, is on the bench, on permit from Cross Keys.
Cross Keys: R Jones, L Williams, L Andrews (capt), P Williams, N Trowbridge, S Jones, R James, R Cornock, D Hughes, A Lott, D Hodge, O Hodge, R Tucker, T Lampard, A Powell.
Replacements: M Auger, G Price, N Buck, S Higgins, R Dyer, A Bramwell, N Williams, E Jones.
Newport: G O'Driscoll, O Broad, D Robinson. A Smith, M O'Brien, A Hewitt, J Leadbeater, D Pattison, D Rogers, G Robinson, Adam Brown, A Frampton, B Lampitt, O Griffiths, L Beach (capt).
Replacemens: H Palmer, J Monck, J Greenfield, C Attwell, A Quick, D Franchi, T James, D Rosser.
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