Robin Sowden-Taylor will captain the Cardiff Blues for the first time as they take on Borders in this Sundays Celtic League clash.
The 23 year old international flanker from Pentyrch has been in excellent form this season for the Blues and captains a side that shows several changes to the one that lost to the Llanelli Scarlets on Monday.
The squad has been decimated by injury after playing four games in seventeen days during the Christmas period and we are sweating on a number of players to be fit for the Perprignan game. We picked up a number of injuries in the match against Scarlets with Nicky Robinson injuring his shoulder as did Andy Powell. Rob Sidoli and Roger Warren suffered rib damage, Rhys Williams picked up a groin injury and Jamie Robinson broke his nose. Martyn Williams is also suffering from fluid on the knee, Gethin Jenkins has a multitude of bumps and bruises and Mike Phillips is still recovering from ankle ligament damage. Said David Young, Cardiff Blues Director of Coaching.
Sunday 8 January Celtic League
15 Craig Morgan 14 Chris Czekaj 13 Marc Stcherbina
12 Tristan Davies 11 Jonah Lomu 10 Nick Macleod
9 Ryan Powell 8 Kort Schubert 7 Robin Sowden-Taylor ©
6 Maama Molitika 5 James Goode 4 Deiniol Jones
3 Ben Evans 2 Duane Goodfield 1 John Yapp
16 Rhys Thomas 17 Martin Jones 18 Craig Qunnell
19 Mark Lewis 20 Wayne Evans 21 Lee Thomas
22 Roger Warren / Dean Dewdney