Wales duo back for Blues
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Hallam Amos has returned after his call-up to the squad.
Wales Guinness Six Nations squad members Hallam Amos and Seb Davies will return to lend their weight to Cardiff Blues’ playoff bid in their crunch clash with Benetton Treviso this evening.
The Test pair have been thrust into the starting lineup as John Mulvihill’s men eye a vital victory that could close the gap on their Guinness PRO14 Conference B rivals. The clash with the Italian side takes on added significance for the Blues players, who will all be wearing their home club socks to celebrate he grassroots game on Regional Clubs Day.
There are a total of five changes made to the starting line-up, as lock Davies is drafted into the second row to partner James Ratti, having featured as a replacement in the defeat to Connacht last time out.
Ryan Edwards is handed his first Guinness PRO14 start on the wing, which sees 22-times capped international Amos switch to the number 15 jersey. The final change amongst the backline sees Ben Thomas returning to the centre, replacing Rey Lee-Lo who is ruled out with concussion.
Having missed out on the trip to Ireland through injury, Shane Lewis-Hughes returns to the back-row, combining with Olly Robinson and Josh Turnbull. A front row of Rhys Gill, Liam Belcher and Scott Andrews complete the pack.
Head coach Mulvihill said: “We’ve had a very honest week as a group, and we’re desperate to put things right in front of our own crowd after last week’s disappointment.
“The whole group has been really focused on the task ahead this week, and that’s been clear to see from the work we’ve put in on the training ground.
“Benetton will be coming here looking from revenge after the reverse fixture earlier this season. We won at the death on that day, and it really showed the resilience and mental strength of this
team to dig deep and get a result.
“We can take confidence from that match heading into this game, but we’re fully aware of the threats that Benetton pose.
“There’s a fantastic weekend of rugby ahead, and we’re really looking forward to celebrating our grassroots game by welcoming clubs from across the region down for what should be a great occasion.”
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