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.
Judgement Day is back at the Millennium Stadium for 2015 with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and Regions confirming today that tickets will cost just £10 per head to see all four of Wales' GUINNESS PRO12 sides in action under one roof.
Battling Cardiff Blues produce a performance of full pride and heart in adversity as they lost out to reigning champions Leinster Rugby in a pulsating Guinness PRO12 encounter at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Cory Allen scored the only try of the game as Cardiff Blues edged an absorbing and dramatic Welsh derby with Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade to open 2015 in the Guinness PRO12 with a crucial victory.