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Hughes set for his 100th start against Zebre

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

7 Apr 2017

Adam Hughes

Newport Gwent Dragons wing Adam Hughes will make his 100th start for the Region this weekend against Zebre in the Guinness PRO12.

The 27-year-old will become the third member of the current Dragons squad to reach this fantastic achievement.

Commenting on the historic accomplishment, Hughes said: “It means a lot to me. When I left the Dragons a few seasons back I was really gutted that I didn’t get to this milestone, after hitting my 50th in my second season here. So when I had the opportunity to come back it was something that I wanted to reach and now I am absolutely chuffed!

“I am still only 27 so I am looking to catch up with Lewis (Evans, who recently hit 150 starts) as I definitely want to push on and achieve more.”

Hughes has been named in the starting XV as Dragons Head Coach, Kingsley Jones makes three personnel changes and two positional changes to the team that were narrowly defeated by Ulster Rugby two weeks ago at Rodney Parade.

There is just one change in the backs as wing Pat Howard returns to the starting line up to replace Tom Prydie, who moves to the bench for this match.

Prop Phil Price returns to the front row alongside Brok Harris and hooker Rhys Buckley. The second row sees Welsh International Cory Hill return to make his first appearance for the Dragons since his time on International duty. He Is joined in the second row by South African lock Rynard Landman. The back row includes Nick Crosswell moving from the second row to flanker and Ollie Griffiths moving across to open side flanker. Skipper Lewis Evans is named at number 8.

With the Dragons two other scrumhalves Sarel Pretorius and Tavis Knoyle both injured, Dorian Jones comes onto the bench to cover the position having had previous experience in this role. Jones is named on the bench alongside Darran Harris, Sam Hobbs, Lloyd Fairbrother, Nic Cudd, Harrison Keddie, Adam Warren and Tom Prydie.

Newport Gwent Dragons team to face Zebre Rugby

15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Sam Beard, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Charlie Davies; 1 Phil Price, 2 Rhys Buckley, 3 Brok Harris, 4 Cory Hill, 5 Rynard Landman, 6 Nick Crosswell, 7 Ollie Griffiths, 8 Lewis Evans ©.

Replacements: Darran Harris, Sam Hobbs, Lloyd Fairbrother, Nic Cudd, Harrison Keddie, Dorian Jones, Adam Warren, Tom Prydie.

Newport Gwent Dragons have relocated the Guinness PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues to the Constructaquote Stadium, Caerphilly, formerly known as Virginia Park. The match takes place on Saturday 6th May and kicks off at 5:15pm. Tickets are available in person at the Rodney Parade ticket office, online on the Dragons website, or by calling 01633 674  990. Ticket prices start at £12 for Adults, £9 for Concessions and £3 for Juniors.