Preview: Dragons v Treviso

Date published: October 22 2015

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The Dragons have made four changes to their starting line-up for Friday's PRO12 clash with Treviso at Rodney Parade.

Centre Adam Hughes has made the starting line-up on his return match back for the Welsh region. The 25-year-old recently signed a loan deal with the Dragons which will see him return to Rodney Parade for three months from Exeter Chiefs.

Hughes returned to Dragons training this week and has been selected to play alongside Adam Warren in the centre.

The back three has one change made to it as Nick Scott joins wing Ashton Hewitt and Carl Meyer at full-back. There is also a change in the half-backs as fly-half Jason Tovey is joined by scrum-half Luc Jones.

The front row remains unchanged as Boris Stankovich and Brok Harris are named as props alongside hooker Elliot Dee.

The second row has two changes made to it as Matthew Screech and Cory Hill get the nod. Flanker Lewis Evans is named as captain for this match and retains his place in the back row alongside Nic Cudd and Ed Jackson.

Meanwhile, Treviso coach Umberto Casellato has made several changes to his matchday squad that met the Ospreys last Saturday.

Jayden Hayward starts at full-back with Ludovico Nitoglia and Simone Ragusi on the wings. Tommaso Iannone and Enrico Bacchin start in the midfield.

There are new half-backs with Chris Smylie at scrum-half alongside Luke Mclean at fly-half. Matteo Zanusso, with Rupert Harden and captain Davide Giazzon will make up the front row.

Tom Palmer and Marco Fuser will pack down in the second row while Francesco Minto, Dean Budd and Braam Steyn start in the back row.

Form: Newport Gwent Dragons have been victorious in just one of their last five PRO12 encounters: 13-0 at home to Zebre in Round 2. Dragons have won their last five home games at Rodney Parade in all tournaments since Connacht beat them there in the PRO12 in February. Treviso have slipped to eleven straight PRO12 defeats since their 40-24 victory at home to the Blues in February. The Italians have not won outside of Italy in any competition since a trip to Scarlets in May 2013. The Men from Gwent have won their last three contests with Treviso whilst the Italians have not been victorious at Rodney Parade since April 2012. 

The teams:

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Adam Hughes, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Luc Jones, 8 Ed Jackson, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans (c), 5 Cory Hill, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Boris Stankovich. 
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Phil Price, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 Ollie Griffiths, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Dorian Jones, 23 Charlie Davies.

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Enrico Bacchin, 11 Simone Ragusi, 10 Luke Mclean, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Abraham Steyn, 7 Dean Budd, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Rupert Harden 2 Davide Giazzon (c), 1 Matteo Zanusso. 
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 Teofilo Paulo, 20 Jean-Francois Montauriol, 21 Robert Barbieri, 22 Alberto Lucchese, 23 Andrea Pratichetti.

Date: Friday, October 23
Venue: Rodney Parade
Kick-off: 19:15 local (18:15 GMT)
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Gwyn Morris, Gareth John (both Wales)
TMO: Jeff Mark (Wales)

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