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Preview: Montpellier v Cardiff Blues

14th December 2012 11:03

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Sam Warburton: Back at seven

Sam Warburton has been named in Cardiff Blues' starting XV for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Montpellier at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Warburton starts at openside having overcome a chest infection. Thi sees Josh Navidi moving to blindside and Robin Copeland drops down to the bench.

Cardiff have made four other changes to the starting XV that lost to Montpellier last Sunday.

There is a brand new front row with Benoit Bourrust, Rhys Williams and Taufa'ao Filise all starting and Marc Breeze, Sam Hobbs and Scott Andrews all moving to the bench.

There is one change in the backs with Lewis Jones starting at scrum-half in place of the suspended Lloyd Williams.

The Blues are still without Leigh Halfpenny, Bradley Davies, Jamie Roberts, Andi Kyriacou, Michael Paterson, Chris Czekaj, Dan Fish and Tom James who all suffered medium term injuries.

Meanwhile, Montpellier have made several changes to their side as Martin Bustos Moyano, Timoci Nagusa, Matt Carraro, Yoan Audrin, Julien Tomas, Kelian Galletier, Mickael Demarco, Juan Figallo, Rassie van Vuuren and Yvan Watremez all come in for starts.

The teams:

Montpellier: 15 Martin Bustos Moyano, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Paul Bosch, 11 Yoan Audrin, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelian Galletier, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Aliki Fakate, 4 Mickael Demarco, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Rassie van Vuuren, 1 Yvan Watremez.
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ladhuie, 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga, 18 Barry Fa'amausili, 19 Thibaut Privat, 20 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 21 Eric Escande, 22 Shontayne Hape, 23 Benjamin Thiery.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Jason Tovey, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Gavin Evans, 12 Dafydd Hewitt, 11 Harry Robinson, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lewis Jones, 8 Andries Pretorius, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 James Down, 4 Lou Reed, 3 Benoit Bourrust, 2 Rhys Williams, 1 Tau Filise.
Replacements: 16 Marc Breeze, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 Rob Lewis, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Owen Williams.

Date: Saturday, December 15
Kick-off: 18:00 local 17:00 (GMT)
Venue: Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
Assistant referees: Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts (England), Stuart Terheege (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)

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