Groves to lead Dragons

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

JEVON Groves will lead out Newport Gwent Dragons for the first time at Leinster tomorrow evening.

The 24-year-old flanker is given the role in the absence of Lewis Evans, who makes his return from a calf injury on the bench, and his rested deputy Steve Jones.

Groves, who has previously captained Wales sevens, joined in the back row by Hywel Stoddart, who will make his full regional debut at the Royal Dublin Society.

Adam Jones comes in for the injured Andrew Coombs at lock while there is a new front row of Nathan Williams, Sam Parry and Nathan Buck.

There are no changes to the set of three-quarters that got the season off to a flying start in last week’s 37-6 success against Zebre.

LEINSTER: I Nacewa, A Conway, B Macken, N Reid, F Carr, I Madigan, J Cooney, J McGrath, S Cronin, J Hagan, L Cullen (captain), Q Roux, B Marshall, S Jennings, L Auva’a. Replacements: T Sexton, H van der Merwe, M Moore, D Toner, J Murphy, L McGrath, C O’Shea, D Hudson.

DRAGONS: D Evans, W Harries, P Leach, A Tuilagi, T Prydie, S Jones, J Evans, N Williams, S Parry, N Buck, A Jones, I Nimmo, H Stoddart, J Groves (captain), T Faletau. Replacements: A Coundley, H Gustafson, T Ryan, L Evans, T Brown, L Davies, A Smith, H Amos.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)

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3:02pm Fri 7 Sep 12

high x boy says...

a stronger team than reported all week.good luck.Hope it is not lambs to the slaghter.
a stronger team than reported all week.good luck.Hope it is not lambs to the slaghter. high x boy
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4:09pm Fri 7 Sep 12

corpardguy says...

Good luck lads. This is a good team and should be able to hold its own in the loose.
Please hold the discipline and don't kick aimlessly to their back three. Nacewa is a huge threat if he can get a head of steam up.
Good luck lads. This is a good team and should be able to hold its own in the loose. Please hold the discipline and don't kick aimlessly to their back three. Nacewa is a huge threat if he can get a head of steam up. corpardguy
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12:23pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

A tight defence is vital and on the last outing we can feel some confidence that that may continue. Attack is perhaps a weakness so some bold way needs to be identified. A win would be very good, a draw a possibility, but, a defeat s likely as the opposition won't be as bad as they were last week that's the only certainty about this game.
A tight defence is vital and on the last outing we can feel some confidence that that may continue. Attack is perhaps a weakness so some bold way needs to be identified. A win would be very good, a draw a possibility, but, a defeat s likely as the opposition won't be as bad as they were last week that's the only certainty about this game. Robert Shillabeer
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