Pro14: Cardiff Blues v Ospreys (Sun)


Wales back-rower Josh Navidi has made 173 appearances for Cardiff Blues
Wales back-rower Josh Navidi has made 173 appearances for Cardiff Blues
Venue: Rodney Parade, Newport Date: Sun, 30 August Kick-off:17:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary; as live on S4C from 21:00 BST; Pro14 highlights Mon, 31 August, BBC Two Wales 19:00 BST

Wales back-rower Josh Navidi captains Cardiff Blues against Ospreys in the final Pro14 match of the 2019-20 regular season.

Blues have made 13 changes and are playing the “home” match at Rodney Parade in Newport because their Arms Park ground is currently part of the Principality Stadium field hospital.

Ospreys have made six changes to the side that drew 20-20 with Dragons.

Wales Under-20s wing Dewi Cross replaces the suspended George North.

The Wales wing was given a four-match ban for his dangerous tackle on Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt during the exciting draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Centre Tiaan-Thomas Wheeler, prop Rhodri Jones, hooker Scott Otten, second-row Bradley Davies and number eight Gareth Evans all start for Ospreys and Mat Protheroe is in line to make his debut off the replacements bench after joining from Bristol.

For Blues, Navidi returns at number eight after missing the 32-12 defeat against Scarlets on 22 August as only Josh Turnbull and Josh Adams survive from the starting side.

Navidi was absent for Wales’ Six Nations games against Italy, Ireland and France with a hamstring injury before returning in the defeat against England on 7 March.

The 29-year-old says it will be odd playing a home game that is not at the Arms Park.

“It’s going to be a strange one,” said Navidi.

“The good thing about Rodney Parade is that it’s got a good surface down there, which is the main thing.

“We won’t have the Dragons fans shouting at you but it should be a nice experience.

“There won’t be any crowds at the minute, so I don’t think there will be much ‘home advantage’ anyway.”

New back-row signing Sam Moore is set to make his Blues debut off the replacements’ bench after joining from Sale.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Jason Harries, Garyn Smith, Max Llewellyn, Josh Adams; Jason Tovey, Lloyd Williams; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Dmitri Arhip, Seb Davies, Josh Turnbull, Shane Lewis-Hughes, James Botham, Josh Navidi (capt).

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Scott Andrews, James Ratti, Sam Moore, Lewis Jones, Ben Thomas, Ioan Davies.

Ospreys: Dan Evans; Dewi Cross, Owen Watkin, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Luke Morgan; Stephen Myler, Rhys Webb; Rhodri Jones, Scott Otten, Tom Botha, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Olly Cracknell, Justin Tipuric (capt), Gareth Evans.

Replacements: Dewi Lake, Nicky Smith, Nicky Thomas, Adam Beard, Morgan Morris, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Mat Protheroe, Kieran Williams.

Match officials

Referee: Adam Jones (WRU)

Assistant referees: Nigel Owens, Dan Jones (WRU)

TMO: Sean Brickell (WRU).

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