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A record Welsh regional crowd will attend this year’s Judgement Day showcase at the Millennium stadium with Welsh pro rugby’s top talent all on show at the Guinness PRO12 double derby this Saturday afternoon.

With a crowd fast-approaching 50,000 looking forward to the big rugby event of the PRO12 season the back-to-back derby will see the Cardiff Blues do battle with the Ospreys (KO 2.30pm) followed by the Newport Gwent Dragons taking on the Scarlets (KO 4.45pm).

Tickets priced £10 are available via the WRU website’s print-at-home service ( up until 12 noon tomorrow or from the WRU shop on Westgate Street and at Gate 6, right up until kick-off.

With Welsh derby pride and crucial Guinness PRO12 points at stake the four Welsh pro teams field strong sides with a host of Welsh internationals throughout the teams ready for the big contest and ahead of World Cup selection.

For the Cardiff Blues, prop star Gethin Jenkins returns to Guinness PRO12 action to skipper Cardiff Blues.

Wales international Jenkins is one of nine changes made by the coaching team at Blues. Flying Argentine international duo Joaquin Tuculet and Lucas Amorosino make playing comebacks on the wings after spells out injured.

Rhys Patchell makes a welcome return at full back while Gareth Anscombe makes a positional change to fly half where he will form a half back partnership with Lloyd Williams who also earns a call-up.

A new-look front row trio will see Jenkins pack down alongside Kristian Dacey and Craig Mitchell, who is in line for his first league appearance for Blues since late November.

Locks Chris Dicomidis and fit-again Filo Paulo are paired in the second row while Josh Turnbull is named in the back row. Dale McIntosh, Defence Coach at Cardiff Blues, said: “It’s going to be a great spectacle and big occasion at Judgement Day III.

“The table doesn’t lie and I have a lot of respect for Ospreys and the management. They are a very complete side that is well coached at the set piece and they play at a pace that is hard to control.

“We understand to get near them and compete we have to raise our game and base our game around tenacity and physicality. We also have to maintain our discipline, because that’s let us down on occasion, because they have pace and a fluid game.”

Cardiff Blues: 15 Rhys Patchell, 14 Lucas Amorosino, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Garyn Smith, 11 Joaquin Tuculet, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Lloyd Williams; 1 Gethin Jenkins (c), 2 Kristian Dacey, 3 Craig Mitchell, 4 Chris Dicomidis, 5 Filo Paulo, 6 Josh Turnbull, 7 Sam Warburton, 8 Josh Navidi

Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Jarrad Hoeata, 20 Macauley Cook, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Dan Fish

For the Ospreys, Head Coach Steve Tandy said his team had to be 100 per cent focused on the outcome that the Ospreys need on the day to make their play-off hopes at the end of the season.

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: Its going to be a great occasion for regional rugby with over 50,000 supporters present at the Millennium Stadium but in reality its just another game, no more or less important than any of the others we still have to play.

Weve got three more games in the regular season and we are the only Welsh side still in play-off contention, having secured our Champions Cup slot for next season already, and we can be pretty pleased about that. However, we mustnt settle for that, we have to keep on going, pursuing excellence, and looking to take our season through to the end of May.

Ospreys team: 15 Dan Evans; 14 Tom Grabham; 13 Ben John; 12 Josh Matavesi; 11 Eli Walker; 10 Dan Biggar; 9 Rhys Webb; 1 Nicky Smith; 2 Scott Baldwin; 3 Aaron Jarvis; 4 Lloyd Peers; 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt); 6 Dan Lydiate; 7 Justin Tipuric; 8 Dan Baker

Replacements: 16 Sam Parry; 17 Marc Thomas; 18 Dmitri Arhip; 19 Tyler Ardron; 20 James King; 21 Tom Habberfield; 22 Sam Davies; 23 Jonathan Spratt

For the Newport Gwent Dragons lock Rynard Landman has been named back in the starting XV to take on the Scarlets. The 28-year-old is one of six personnel changes and two positional changes that have been made to the team that played against Edinburgh in the European Challenge Cup Semi-Finals.

Director of rugby Lyn Jones has made a change at fullback as Geraint Rhys Jones steps into the back three alongside unchanged wings Tom Prydie and Hallam Amos. The centre pairing of Tyler Morgan and Jack Dixon remains unchanged from the Edinburgh clash last weekend. Fly half Dorian Jones, who was successful at every goal kick last weekend, retains his position alongside scrumhalf Jonathan Evans.

The front row has two changes and one positional change made to it; Brok Harris moves across to tight head prop as Phil Price is named as loose head alongside hooker Rhys Buckley, who joins them in the front row. The second row takes on a different shape as two changes are made to it with youngster Matthew Screech joining skipper Rynard Landman. Flanker James Thomas moves from the second row to the back row to replace Nick Crosswell, who moves to the bench. He joins flanker James Benjamin and Welsh International number eight Taulupe Faletau in the back row.

Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones commented: “We’ve tried not to look back at Edinburgh too much. We play them again in a fortnight’s time and the big plus for us is that we play at the Millennium Stadium this week and we play Edinburgh again the week after.

“After the poor performance we had last week you can’t ask for two better fixtures for the players and for all of us.”

He added: “There’s no need for any coach to motivate the players for the next two games – to play at the Millennium Stadium and then Edinburgh again.

“We’re lucky to get a chance to refocus this week and to play in the Millennium Stadium in front of 50,000 people. The boys will be up for it.

“There are a lot of Welsh boys in our team and a lot of them will be looking to put their hand up I’m sure, thinking they’ve got an outside chance of inclusion in the Wales squad. But we’ve got to rise to it and the players have an opportunity to show what they can do. It should be a great day for Welsh rugby.”

Dragons team: Geraint Rhys Jones, Tom Prydie, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos, Dorian Jones, Jonathan Evans; Phil Price, Rhys Buckley, Brok Harris, Matthew Screech, Rynard Landman (c), James Thomas, James Benjamin, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: T. Rhys Thomas, Luke Garrett, Lloyd Fairbrother, Nick Crosswell, Ollie Griffiths, Luc Jones, Carl Meyer, Ashton Hewitt.

Scarlets and Wales hooker Ken Owens returns to lead a strong Scarlets side out at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 25th April as the Welsh Regions go head-to-head in the third installment of Judgement Day.

Head Coach Wayne Pivac has named a strong side to take on Newport Gwent Dragons who will be in the hunt for a victory after missing out on a place in the Challenge Cup final having lost to Edinburgh last weekend.

No less than eight internationals have been named in Scarlets’ starting XV with Rhys Priestland named at the pivotal outside half berth whilst Aled Davies keeps his place at scrum half.

Kiwi Hadleigh Parkes partners Scott Williams in the centre with Regan King providing cover on the replacements bench. International star Liam Williams is joined in the back-three by Harry Robinson and 20-year-old Steff Evans who returns to action after a long-standing hamstring injury.

In the pack Phil John and Peter Edwards pack down either side of captain Owens with Jake Ball and Lewis Rawlins making up the tight five. Aaron Shingler returns from injury to join James Davies and John Barclay in the back-row.

Wales Under 20s hooker Ryan Elias is named on the replacements bench alongside fellow front rowers Wyn Jones and Jacobie Adriaanse. Rob McCusker and Rory Pitman offer second and back-row cover whilst Rhodri Williams, Steven Shingler and Regan King offer a mix of youthful exuberance, experience and maturity respectively to the backs.

Looking ahead to the derby clash Pivac said: “I think four teams on the one pitch, the National Coach sitting there, a World Cup squad to be named in a few weeks time, bragging rights and everything around that; I think there’s all the motivation in the world. Dragons will certainly bring some momentum into it.”

Scarlets team:15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Aled Davies, 1 Phil John, 2 Ken Owens (capt.), 3 Peter Edwards, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 John Barclay

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Jacobie Adriaanse, Rob McCusker, Rory Pitman, Rhodri Williams, Steven Shingler, Regan King