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Rugby supporters in Wales will have a feast of rugby to enjoy as three of Wales’ pro teams host their opening home games of the season in the Guinness PRO12.

Newport Gwent Dragons kick off the action-packed rugby weekend at Rodney Parade on Friday evening (KO 7.05pm) with a visit from Zebre Rugby, while the Scarlets host Ulster on Saturday afternoon (KO 3pm) and the Ospreys host Munster at the Liberty stadium on Sunday (KO 2.30pm). The Cardiff Blues travel to Leinster on Saturday (KO 5.15pm).

NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS

Newport Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan has been named in the starting line up after the newly capped international came off the bench against Connacht last weekend. The 19-year-old, who celebrates his 20th birthday at the game – is one of the four personnel changes and one positional adjustment to the team.

Versatile back Tom Prydie is moved from wing to fullback for this match. He is joined in the back three by wingers Ashton Hewitt and Nick Scott. The centre pairing takes on a new shape as Tyler Morgan joins newcomer Adam Warren, who retains his place from last week. Fly-half Jason Tovey keeps his number 10 jersey with Sarel Pretorius joining him as scrum-half.

The front row has one change made to it as prop Boris Stankovich is joined by Brok Harris; skipper Thomas Rhys Thomas retains his place as hooker. The second row partnership remains unchanged as Rynard Landman and Cory Hill get the nod.  The back row has one change to it as flanker Lewis Evans joins Nic Cudd and number 8 Ed Jackson.

Newport Gwent Dragons assistant coach Shaun Connor, commented on the inclusion of Tyler Morgan in the team: “He has been excellent since he has come back and seems to have matured over the summer from training with better players and picking things up off them in the Welsh squad.”

Looking forward to Friday nights match against Connacht, Connor added; “Zebre didn’t perform very well against the Blues last weekend but we know that there will be a reaction from them on Friday. They are a proud bunch and will be up for it so it’s up to us to be more accurate and clinical than we were in Connacht. Zebre will be hurting so we need a strong opening 20 minutes.”

Dragons team to face Zebre Rugby: Tom Prydie, Ashton Hewitt, Tyler Morgan, Adam Warren, Nick Scott, Jason Tovey, Sarel Pretorius; Boris Stankovich, Thomas Rhys Thomas ©, Brok Harris, Cory Hill, Rynard Landman, Lewis Evans, Nic Cudd, Ed Jackson.

Replacements: Hugh Gustafson, Phil Price, Shaun Knight, James Thomas, James Benjamin, Charlie Davies, Dorian Jones, Carl Meyer.

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SCARLETS

Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 clash will be Scarlets’ first outing at home this season and a win against champions Glasgow in the opening round last weekend has been a welcome boost for both supporters and players alike.

The Scarlets are unchanged for their battle against Ulster with the only change comes on the replacements bench with Rhodri Williams unavailable due to concussion. Last weekend’s man of the match John Barclay has been named captain for Saturday’s clash.

Speaking ahead of the game Head Coach Wayne Pivac said: “It’s very early days, but Ulster certainly they put on a very good performance at home last weekend and on the evidence of that whilst the Rugby World Cup is on they’ll still be a very strong side and one of the leaders.

“They are one of the top sides, we played them four times last year and had three real battles and one where they got on top of us at home. We know we’re in for a tough day at the office on Saturday. The boys love playing at home, every side does. We love getting out here in front of home supporters and familiar surroundings.

Scarlets team to take on Ulster, Saturday 12th September kick-off 3pm; 15 Steffan Evans, 14 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Regan King, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Michael Tagicakibau, 10 Daniel Jones, 9 Aled Davies, 1 Phil John, 2 Emyr Phillips, 3 Peter Edwards, 4 Tom Price, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 John Barclay ©

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Rob Evans, Will Taylor, George Earle, Rory Pitman, Kieran Hardy, Aled Thomas, Tom Williams

Tickets for Scarlets v Ulster are on sale now priced from £14 for adults and from £4 for juniors. Tickets are on sale now from tickets.scarlets.co.uk or call 0871 871 8088.

OSPREYS

The Ospreys look forward to a thrilling clash against Munster at home with two players hitting 50th landmarks and three debuts for Steve Tandy’s side.

  • Lloyd Ashley and Sam Davies make their 50th Ospreys appearance
  • Owen Watkin makes his Ospreys debut
  • Sam Underhill makes his first Ospreys/PRO12 start
  • Brendon Leonard makes his first Ospreys start
  • Aled Jenkins will make his PRO12 debut if he comes off the bench

The Ospreys team to face Munster at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday 13th September 2015, KO 2.30pm: 15 Dan Evans; 14 Kristian Phillips; 13 Jonathan Spratt; 12 Owen Watkin; 11 Hanno Dirksen; 10 Sam Davies; 9 Brendon Leonard; 1 Nicky Smith; 2 Sam Parry; 3 Dmitri Arhip; 4 Lloyd Ashley (Capt); 5 Rory Thornton; 6 Joe Bearman; 7 Sam Underhill; 8 Dan Baker

REPLACEMENTS 16 Scott Otten; 17 Marc Thomas; 18 Cai Griffiths; 19 De Kock Steenkamp 20 Olly Cracknell; 21 Tom Habberfield; 22 Aled Jenkins; 23 Richard Fussell

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: It was obviously a disappointing start to the season, losing like we did last weekend in Ulster, but it’s a test of our mental character as a group now to bounce back and put on the kind of performance expected of an Ospreys team this Sunday.

“Ours isn’t the kind of environment where we hide behind excuses or try to avoid responsibiity. The review process this week has been honest and we all know where we stand.

“We aren’t going to dwell on it though, it’s important that we knuckle down and get on with the job. That defeat doesn’t make us a bad team, just as we weren’t the best team in the world after the win against Saracens the week before. If we are going to get the performance right on Sunday we need to do the basics and ensure we put the building blocks in place.

“We have a youthful look to the squad again, with some debuts and new faces featuring, but it is a great opportunity for these boys to show what they are about and to earn an extended crack at earning the jersey, and it is a great opportunity for our supporters to have maybe their first look at some of these boys in action for their region.”

CARDIFF BLUES

Hooker Kristian Dacey returns to the Blues having been been away with the Welsh set-up throughout pre-season, but now returns to the team as Head Coach Danny Wilson makes a total of three charges to his side.

Prop Craig Mitchell comes in at tighthead, with Taufa’ao Filise ruled out, to pack down alongside Dacey and loosehead prop Sam Hobbs.

The other change comes in the back line where Owen Jenkins takes the place of Tom James, who misses the trip to Ireland as he recovers from a foot injury.

Cardiff Blues sit at the top of the Guinness PRO12 standings after the bonus point victory over Zebre in the opening round of fixtures.

However, Wilson is under no illusions as to the challenge ahead as his team kick-off a run of four away trips to Irish provinces with the game against a Leinster side smarting from opening day defeat to Edinburgh.

“Leinster get a fantastic home crowd, they are well supported and they get momentum from the backing they enjoy so it should be a great atmosphere,” he said.

“Whichever way you look at it we go there as underdogs, even though we come off from a good win and they come off from a loss. But what a great place it would be to go and get a win.

“There are not too many changes to the side this weekend, for obvious reasons, because we had a good performance at home and set some records,” he added.

“We are missing a few players with bumps and knocks, but we are fairly settled and we go into the game with a little bit of momentum from the win and confidence.”

Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Owen Jenkins, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Tavis Knoyle; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Kristian Dacey, 3 Craig Mitchell, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 James Down, 6 Josh Turnbull, 7 Josh Navidi (c), 8 Manoa Vosawai

Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Lou Reed, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Garyn Smith