Sweeney crosses for try against former club Boxing Day 2008
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Dragons Coach Paul Turner confirms fly half Jason Tovey and lock Luke Charteris fail late fitness tests, but centre Ashley Smith returns.
Joe Bearman, Grant Webb, Aled Brew, Pat Palmer and Matthew Watkins are also out. Those injured Dragons players join lock Adam Jones and flanker Dan Lydiate - who are out for the season - plus Danny Lee on the sidelines.
James Arlidge starts at outside-half as Tovey has failed to recover from a knock sustained in last weekend's win over Edinburgh. Bearman is replaced in the back-row by Newport RFC captain Andrew Coombs.
"I'm really hoping it's going to be a high energy game with a lot of movement of the ball and two teams trying to take each other on," said Dragons backs coach Darren Edwards.
"They've got quality players that we will have to stop and to do that, we will have to be in their faces. We are developing a style of play and it is attack."
Newport Gwent Dragons: Martyn Thomas; Will Harries, Tom Riley, Ashley Smith, Richard Fussell; James Arlidge, Wayne Evans; Hugh Gustafson, Tom Willis (capt), Ben Castle, Rob Sidoli, Hoani MacDonald, Andrew Coombs, Gavin Thomas, Toby Faletau.
Replacements: Lloyd Burns, Nigel Hall, Lewis Evans, James Harris, Rhodri Gomer Davies, Adam Hughes, Alex Walker.
Supporters who have purchased tickets and are travelling to the European Rugby Challenge Cup clash with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) are advised that some seating has now been changed for this fixture.
Supporters are advised that we will selling tickets right up until kick-off for the big home European Rugby Challenge Cup clash with London Irish - so don't miss all the action this Saturday at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Blues Rugby Camps will be back this February to given children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment and get the ideal Christmas gift for the aspiring young rugby player in your life!