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Blues Team to Play Saints

28th August 2003

Cardiff Blues continue their pre-season fixtures with a match against Northampton Saints at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday (29 August), kick-off 7.05pm.

Coach David Young has rung the changes from the side that lost narrowly (22-23) to Leicester Tigers last weekend.

Making their season’s debuts are Rob Appleyard and Craig Quinnell in the pack and, at fly-half, 18-year-old former captain of Wales’ Schools, Gareth McCarthy.

Appleyard will be playing his first full game since injuring his neck last December.

Pieter Muller, Lee Abdul and Robin Sowden-Taylor, all of whom took the field as replacements against the Tigers, are also in the starting line-up while Jim Brownrigg moves from flanker to second row.

A mounting injury toll and international calls have led to prop Darren Sweet and scrum-half Owen Rutley being included among this week’s replacements. Also called up are Cardiff under-21 products Leon Andrews, Richard Jones and James Malpas.

The Saints have announced a side that includes six full internationals. Former Queensland Reds’ fly-half Shane Drahm partners All Black Mark Robinson at half-back and another new recruit, Renaud Peillard from Perpignan, plays at loose-head prop.

Cardiff Blues: Donavan van Vuuren; Lee Abdul, Nick Walne, Pieter Muller, Jonny Vaughton; Gareth McCarthy, Richard Smith; John Yapp, Andrew Lewis (captain), Kenneth Fourie, Craig Quinnell, Jim Brownrigg, Rob Appleyard, Nathan Thomas, Robin Sowden-Taylor
Replacements: Darren Sweet, T Rhys Thomas, Chris Stamatakis, Dan McShane, James Malpas, Owen Rutley, Leon Andrews, Richard Jones, Matt Allen

Northampton Saints: Nick Beal; James Brooks, Chris Hyndman, Mark Tucker, Bruce Reihana; Shane Drahm, Mark Robinson; Renaud Peillard, Dan Richmond, Chris Budgen, Rob Hunter, Mark Connors, Darren Fox, Andrew Blowers, Budge Pountney
Replacements: John Clark, Oriol Ripol, John Leslie, Johnny Howard, Ben Golding, Brett Sturgess, Matt Miles, Matt Lord, Jon Phillips, Grant Seely, Mark Soden, Wil Snape

Referee: Paul Adams (Ebbw Vale)