However, the good news stops there. David Young's already limited selection options behind the scrum were exacerbated when Tom Shanklin failed a fitness test on Boxing Day and joins Lee Thomas and several others on the injured list. Jon Bryant is also unavailable under a contactual arrangement with the Dragons.
Shaun James and Tristan Davies form a new centre pairing and Nick Macleod comes in at fly-half. The only change in the pack ses Rhys Thomas return at hooker.
Team: Rhys Williams; Dean Dewdney, Shaun James, Tristan Davies, Craig Morgan; Nick Macleod, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Rhys Thomas, Gethin Jenkins, Deiniol Jones, Robert Sidoli, Kort Schubert, James Malpas, Martyn Williams (captain)
Replacements: Ben Evans, Gareth Williams, Nathan Budgett, Nathan Thomas, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Matthew Nuthall, Jonny Vaughton