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Blues unchanged for Gloucester match

17th October 2008

Following the record 56 point to 20 win over Calvisano last weekend David Young has selected an unchanged twenty-two for the big Heineken Cup match against Gloucester at the Millennium Stadium this Sunday.

Cardiff Blues v Gloucester
Sunday 19 October 3.00pm kick off Millennium Stadium

The Blues have sold over 18,000 tickets so far for the match with the Welsh record for a Heineken Cup pool match set at 26,645 when the Cardiff Blues took on the Leicester Tigers two seasons ago. David Young and his men are calling on all the supporters to get behind the team and try to break that record.
Tickets are still available by calling the Ticket Office on 029 2030 2030. The Ticket Office at the Angel Hotel is open on Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and a marquee on Gate 3 of the Millennium Stadium will be open from 10.00am on Sunday for those who have left it to the last minute to get their tickets.
No matter what the weather the playing conditions will be perfect for open rugby and a great atmosphere assured with the Millennium Stadium roof being closed. Although all the action on the field will be at the Millennium Stadium for this game, the Arms Park Courtyard bar is still the place to head for featuring live music, open air bar and hot food.
Speaking ahead of the game David Yong said, “Selection is difficult because of the improved quality in our last performance, but it’s a nice problem to have. With displays like that against Calvisano it’s difficult to take the shirt from the players in possession. The boys that are consistent in their performances are the ones that will keep their jerseys. We have communicated this to the players”
“This principle has certainly worked in the Welsh set up and something we are trying to bring in with our improving squad. People can’t afford to have a poor game or they are out of the team for a few weeks.”
“The level of competition in the Heineken Cup never changes year on year, you have to win your home games to have a chance of progressing.  We know how important the match is to us and to the supporters. Hopefully it will be a great occasion with a big attendance and our fans getting right behind us.”
15 Ben Blair
14 Leigh Halfpenny
13 Jamie Robinson
12 Tom Shanklin
11 Gareth Thomas
10 Nicky Robinson
9 Jason Spice
8 Andy Powell
7 Martyn Williams
6 Maama Molitka
5 Paul Tito (c)
4 Deiniol Jones
3 Gary Powell
2 T Rhys Thomas
1 Gethin Jenkins
16 Taufa’ao Filise
17 Gareth Williams
18 Scott Morgan
19 Robin Sowden Taylor
20 Richie Rees
21 Ceri Sweeney
22 Jamie Roberts