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Cardiff Blues confirm squad to face Munster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

3 Dec 2010

Cardiff Blues travel to Thomond Park having won six of their last seven away games in the Magners League, however, they have never won in four previous visits to Thomond Park – but have triumphed twice against Munster at Musgrave Park.

The Blues welcome back five international players to the starting XV. Dan Parks and Richie Rees return from international duty and start at Half-Backs, with Tom Shanklin also returning to start at Centre. There is one positional change in the backs, with Chris Czekaj moving from the Wing to Fullback, Gavin Evans starting on the Wing.

In the Forwards, Sam Warburton returns from Wales duty to start at Open-side, while in the front row Gethin Jenkins also returns and is joined by Gareth Williams, who starts his first Magners League match of the season.

Due to the adverse weather conditions, a decision has been made to move the kick off time of the match from 19.30 to the new time of 17.00, to allow every possibility of the game going ahead.

Speaking of the match, Director of Rugby, David Young, said,

"Munster is always a tough place to go play but from our point of view we enjoy going there."

"Our players certainly get up for it and we haven't got a bad record there. It's not easy to get the win but we always feel that we've performed."

Munster's five game winning run in all competitions ended at Newport on Friday night, commenting on that result Young added,

"They will be hurting from the Dragons loss, but I imagine they will brush that under the carpet as they were missing a lot of players and didn't play very well."

"No team goes throughout the season unbeaten and one thing Munster don't do is lose many home games."

"It was a blip, but they've been there before and will look at where they went wrong and will be determined to put it right."

"The Blues players who were involved in the internationals just want to get back and play as soon as possible."

"We are pleased to have them back, and aim to use as many as we can."

"It's important that we pick up the results and get better as we go along. At the moment we are nowhere near where we were playing at the end of last season.”

15. Chris Czekaj 14. Richard Mustoe 13. Casey Laulala 12. Tom Shanklin 11. Gavin Evans 10. Dan Parks 9. Richie Rees

8. Xavier Rush 7. Sam Warburton 6. Mamma Molitika 5. Paul Tito 4. Michael Paterson 3. Taufa'ao Filse 2. Gareth Williams 1. Gethin Jenkins

16. Rhys Williams 17. Tom Davies 18. Sam Hobbs 19. Bryn Griffiths 20. Ben White 21. Tom Slater 22. Ceri Sweeney 23. Dafydd Hewitt