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Mulvihill makes six changes for Munster test

First Team News | 25th October 2020

Cardiff Blues make six changes as they travel to face Munster in Round Three of the Guinness PRO 14 on Monday night.

John Mulvihill’s side travel to Thomond Park for a top of the Conference B table clash, with both teams unbeaten so far.

Following back to back victories, over Zebre and Connacht, the capital city outfit are forced into a reshuffle with five changes due to international commitments and one to injury.

Five of those changes come in the pack with Dmitri Arhip replacing Dillon Lewis on the tight-head and Kristian Dacey making his first start of the season.

There is an all new second row pairing as Ben Murphy and Rory Thornton start following Seb Davies’ and Cory Hill’s  involvement for Wales last night.

Shane Lewis-Hughes was due to be included but is replaced in the back-row by James Ratti, who packs down in a mobile trio with James Botham and Olly Robinson.

The only other change sees Aled Summerhill pull on the number 14 jersey in Josh Adams’ absence.

Head coach John Mulvihill said: “We knew it would be really important to make a good start to the season and we were pleased with our victories over Zebre and Connacht, and nine points from a possible 10, but this will be an even bigger test.

“We are acutely aware of the quality of Munster, who have secured two good wins of their own, particularly on their home patch, but we can go there with a bit of confidence and momentum.

“We have prepared well, with a lot of focus and we know we have to deliver a complete performance while remaining very disciplined.

“We’ve obviously lost our international boys but we have also developed a bit of strength in depth across the squad and are looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

There are four further changes in personnel on the bench from the bonus- point win over Connacht, with Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Scott Andrews and Sam Moore coming into the match day 23 for the first time this season.

Lloyd Williams captains the much-changed side as he makes his 215 appearance for the region, now just 40 matches adrift of record holder Taufa’ao Filise.

Cardiff Blues: M Morgan; A Summerhill, R Lee-Lo, W Halaholo, H Amos; J Evans, L Williams (capt); C Domachowski, K Dacey, D Arhip, B Murphy, R Thornton, J Ratti, J Botham, O Robinson.

Replacements: E Lewis, B Thyer, S Andrews, S Moore, A Lawrence, L Jones, J Tovey, G Smith