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Cardiff make five changes for trip to face Zebre Parma

First Team News | 16th November 2023

Cardiff Rugby have made five changes ahead of their trip to face Zebre Parma in the BKT United Rugby Championship.

Following a slender defeat to Vodacom Bulls, Matt Sherratt has reshuffled his side for the Friday night clash at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (7.35pm GMT).

Three of the changes come in the pack with Liam Belcher returning to captain the side and Rhys Carré joining him in the front-row. Seb Davies also returns to the starting line-up combining with Teddy Williams. In the backs, there is further rotation with Cam Winnett and Ben Thomas both coming back into the starting line-up.

Cardiff have won their last five clashes against Zebre but face a side buoyed by victory over Hollywoodbets Sharks last weekend, their first win in 29 consecutive fixtures.

Sherratt said: “Zebre had a fantastic win last weekend against a quality side, but if we are honest it has been a long time coming. They have run a lot of teams close in recent seasons including ourselves with two of our last three games there won by single-score margins.

“They have continued to improve and with Richard Hodges there I have no doubt they will have sound defensive structures and renewed tenacity to go with their attacking game, which has always been effective.

“However, despite our own defeat last week, I thought it was a much more pleasing performance, particularly in terms of our attacking game. We have trained well this week and want to build upon that game.

“We have made a few changes to freshen the squad up and manage boys in what is an unrelenting block of fixtures but we have a quality side with some real experience on the bench.”

Wales internationals Corey Domachowski, Rory Thornton, Thomas Young and Willis Halaholo, who made his 100th appearance for the club last weekend, are all included among the replacements.

C Winnett; H Millard, R Lee-Lo, B Thomas, M Grady; T de Beer, T Williams; R Carré, L Belcher (capt), R Litterick, S Davies, T Williams, A Mann, E Jenkins, L Timani.

Replacements: E Daniel, C Domachowski, W Davies-King, R Thornton, T Young, E Bevan, W Halaholo, J Beetham