The Black & Ambers head to London on Saturday knowing that Rosslyn Park will present a much tougher challenge than they faced last week. The Risca game was very useful and the Stores Field outfit gave their all right to the end but the next game, against the England National 1 team, will be on a different level.
The coaches are taking this game seriously and have picked a strong squad from the available players. Three new faces make the starting fifteen with Dan Preece at Loosehead prop, Josh Skinner at 6 and Mathew Reed at 8. At half-back we have the tried and tested with Ryan James and Matt O’Brien. The versatile Haydn Palmer get the fullback spot.
There are nine replacements named and we could see more as the coaches look to give everyone a chance to show what they can do.
Rhys Jenkins and Dan Partridge are unavailable as they work their way towards full fitness.
Newport: Dan Preece, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Rhys Creswell, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Mathew Reed, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Harri Lang, Tom Pascoe, Chay Smith, Jon Morris, Haydn Palmer.
Replacements: Lewis Smout, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Chris Williams, Tom Williams, Tom Lucas, Haydn Simons, Ethan Smith.
Kick off: 3PM