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Powell makes first start

19th November 2004

Scrum-half Ryan Powell returns to the Blues starting line-up for the first time in seven months in this evening's Celtic League match against Ulster in Ravenhill.

A shoulder injury followed by surgery during the summer has sidelined him until a fortnight ago when he tested his fitness in a Premier Division match for Llanharan against Neath. Last week he played 25 minutes as a replacement for the Blues against Glasgow.

Craig Quinnell has failed a fitness test on his leg and his place at lock is taken by Deiniol Jones. Tristan Davies has recovered from a hand injury and is named among the replacements.

Team: Matthew Nuthall; Nick Walne, Shaun James, Lee Thomas, Craig Morgan; Nick Macleod, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Gareth Williams, Ben Evans, Deiniol Jones, Robert Sidoli, Nathan Budgett, Nathan Thomas, Robin Sowden-Taylor

Replacements: Andrew Lewis, Rhys Thomas, Martin Jones, Mark Lewis, James Malpas, Richard Smith, Tristan Davies