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Blues Team to Play Wasps Announced

27th September 2006

Director of Coaching David Young has named the Cardiff Blues team to play Wasps in the EDF Energy Cup match at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm).

There is one change in the starting line-up that beat Glasgow Warriors last weekend. Mark Lewis takes the place of Xavier Rush at Number 8, with Martyn Williams captaining the team.

Tom Shanklin continues his partnership in the Centre alongside Tom Riley, and last Friday's man of the match Ben Blair continues at fifteen.

New signing Ben White takes his place amongst the substitutes and will be joined by Duane Goodfield and Gary Powell in the only other changes.

Team: Ben Blair, Chris Czekaj, Tom Riley, Tom Shanklin, Mosese Luveitasau, Nicky Robinson, Mike Phillips, Mark Lewis, Martyn Williams, Scott Morgan, Robert Sidoli, Deiniol Jones, Taufa’ao Filise, Rhys Thomas, Gethin Jenkins

Replacements: Gary Powell, Duane Goodfield, James Goode, Ben White, Ed Fairhurst, Nick Macleod, Dai Flannigan

Cardiff Blues are expecting a bumper crowd of over 10,000 supporters for tomorrow afternoon’s EDF Energy Cup clash against London Wasps. Ticket sales have been going well all week and with a dry sunny day expected supporters who have not bought their tickets yet at are asked to arrive early at the ground and to bring cash where possible to pay for their tickets in order to avoid delays..

Injury Update:

Xavier Rush is suffering with a groin injury and is expected to be out for one or two weeks.

Rhys Williams is also expected to be out for one or two weeks with a hip injury

Jamie Robinson has had key hole surgery on his groin injury and should return in two weeks

Marc Stcherbina is out with a thigh injury but should be fit for the Saracens match

Dafydd Hewitt is out for two months with an injury to his groin area.

Andy Powell has not recovered from his shoulder injury and will require a shoulder reconstruction operation speaking earlier today Andy said “I had a scan on Tuesday and the Doctors told me I would require shoulder reconstruction surgery. I took a knock in the second half against Worcester and then a big hit against Bristol and the shoulder didn’t recover. Obviously I’m gutted that it looks like I’ll be out until March but I’m determined to bounce back.”

Robin Sowden-Taylor is out for between 6 and 8 months with his ankle injury.

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