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Welsh international Taulupe Faletau has been deemed fit to start for Newport Gwent Dragons against Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade tomorrow (2.05pm) in the Guinness PRO12.

Faletau, who took a knock during the Dragons win against Zebre at Rodney Parade, has been given the all clear to feature for the Men of Gwent, as they take on the Blues in the second festive Welsh derby between the two local rivals.

Faletau is one of just three changes that have been made to the starting XV that took on the Blues at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Boxing Day.

Fullback Tom Prydie retains his place in the back three alongside wings Matthew Pewtner and Hallam Amos. The young centre pairing of Tyler Morgan and Jack Dixon also keep their places in the starting XV. There is one change in the half-backs as Jason Tovey is joined by Welsh international Richie Rees.

Winger Hallam Amos, who played against the Blues on Boxing Day commented: “First half especially we were really good and stuck to the game plan, got good territory and the points came.

“Across the park we played well and it was really nice to get the win. I’m really pleased with everyone’s performance. But as we said in the changing room it’s only half-time and we’ve got them at home.

“We’ve got to consolidate this win with a win tomorrow. It’s going to be a real battle at Rodney Parade.”

There is one change in the front row as Elliot Dee steps in for T. Rhys Thomas as hooker and joins props Phil Price and Brok Harris. The second row remains the same with lock Andrew Coombs and last week’s Man of the Match Rynard Landman taking up their places. The back row has one change made to it as flankers James Thomas and Nic Cudd are joined by British and Irish lion Taulupe Faletau.

The replacements bench also see three changes made to it as Hugh Gustafson, Andy Powell and Jonathan Evans join Owen Evans, Dan Way, Cory Hill, Dorian Jones and Geraint Rhys Jones.

Flanker Sam Warburton returns to the starting line-up as one of eight changes Cardiff Blues make to the side that lost to Dragons on Boxing Day.

A new-look front row will see Gethin Jenkins, Kristian Dacey and Taufa’ao Filise all pack down in Newport. Samoa international lock Filo Paulo also returns to the team and is paired with Jarrad Hoeata in the second row.

A new half back pairing will see Gareth Anscombe and Tavis Knoyle, who both impressed off the bench in the first of the double-header between the two teams, combine to launch the New Year. The final change sees a place for Richard Smith on the wing, with Alex Cuthbert missing the game after being given a scheduled playing break by the coaching team at Blues.

Hooker Matthew Rees is also named among the replacements for Blues and will make his 150th appearance in the PRO12 if he comes off the bench at Rodney Parade.

Director of Rugby Mark Hammett is relishing the second part of the derby double header with Dragons and said: “It’s all set up to be an incredible fixture.

“All derby games are crucial and it was a real experience and honour to see what it means in the first game.

“If it’s the same intensity at Rodney Parade as it was at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, it’s going to be very special again.

“I’ve been told it will be noisy at Newport, everything you would want and expect. It’s a good thing and you should embrace the diversity of when you travel. We are looking forward to a big game to kick-off 2015.”

Newport Gwent Dragons: Tom Prydie, Matthew Pewtner, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Richie Rees; Phil Price, Elliot Dee, Brok Harris, Andrew Coombs, Rynard Landman (captain), James Thomas, Nic Cudd, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Hugh Gustafson, Owen Evans, Dan Way, Cory Hill, Andy Powell, Jonathan Evans, Dorian Jones, Geraint Rhys Jones.

Cardiff Blues: Joaquin Tuculet, Richard Smith, Cory Allen, Gavin Evans, Lucas Amorosino,  Gareth Anscombe, Tavis Knoyle; Gethin Jenkins (captain), Kristian Dacey, Taufa’ao Filise, Jarrad Hoeata, Filo Paulo, Josh Turnbull, Sam Warburton, Josh Navidi.

Replacements: Matthew Rees, Sam Hobbs, Adam Jones, Macauley Cook, Manoa Vosawai, Lewis Jones, Gareth Davies, Adam Thomas.

Newport Gwent Dragons versus Cardiff Blues tickets are still available in advance with limited availability in many areas of the ground. Call the Dragons ticket office on 01633 674990 or visit the ticket office online to buy yours and print at home:  http://www.newportgwentdragons.com/Tickets.