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Cardiff Blues team to face Edinburgh

1st November 2006

Cardiff Blues have named a side showing seven changes to the team that narrowly lost to Leicester Tigers on Sunday.

In the backs Jamie Robinson and Ed Fairhurst come in for Tom Shanklin and Mike Phillips who are on international duty.

In the forwards Rhys Shellard, James Goode, Gareth Williams and John Yapp replace Martyn Williams, Rob Sidoli, Rhys Thomas and Gethin Jenkins who are also all in the Welsh squad. While Taufaao Filise comes in for Gary Powell who is suspended for four weeks following the Leicester match.

Director of Coaching David Young said,

“Rhys Shellard and Tom James have both impressed us in training and it’s good that they can have their opportunity to prove what they can do at the regional level.

"They are both products from the conveyor belt that is our Academy up in Trefforest and I’m sure they are both looking forward to playing on Friday.

"Edinburgh are a quality team and have recorded some big wins already this season, notably against Munster, Leinster and Ulster. It’s great to see Lynn Howells back closer to home and doing well, I learnt a lot from him as a coach and have a lot of time for him as a coach and as a man.

"Apart from the Welsh squad players and the long term injuries the only player unavailable for selection was Mark Lewis who suffered a neck nerve injury against Leicester but he should be available for the Connacht match.”

Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues

Team: Ben Blair, Mosese Luveitasau, Jamie Robinson, Marc Stcherbina, Chris Czekaj, Nicky Robinson, Ed Fairhurst, Xavier Rush (Capt), Rhys Shellard, Scott Morgan, James Goode, Deiniol Jones, Taufaao Filise, Gareth Williams, John Yapp

Replacements: Scott Roberts, Duane Goodfield, Bradley Davies, Ben White, Wayne Evans, Nick Macleod, Tom James

A record breaking 1000 tickets were sold online in the first three hours of general sale for the Round 3 Heineken Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Munster to be played on Sunday 10th December. Match tickets for the went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday 1st November) and demand was greater than ever before. All supporters keen to watch the game are recommended to purchase their tickets soon.

A further release is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Thursday 2nd November) - check or call the Arms Park Ticket Office on +44 (0) 29 2030 2030 to purchase tickets today.