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Cardiff recall four Welsh internationals for Munster trip

Gethin Jenkins, Alex Cuthbert, Gareth Anscombe and Kristian Dacey have all been named by head coach Danny Wilson.

Blues skipper Gethin Jenkins.
Blues skipper Gethin Jenkins.
Image: David Davies

CARDIFF BLUES HAVE recalled captain Gethin Jenkins for tomorrow night’s PRO12 meeting with Munster (7.35pm).

After claiming a 34-16 victory over Edinburgh on the opening weekend of the new campaign, Danny Wilson’s side travel to Musgrave Park in search of a second successive win.

35-year-old Jenkins replaces Rhys Gill at loosehead prop and is one of four Wales internationals returning to the starting XV along with Alex Cuthbert, Gareth Anscombe and Kristian Dacey.

International team-mates Sam Warburton and Lloyd Williams are included among the substitutes.

“We have some players back available for selection including a few internationals,” said head coach Wilson.

“We sat round a table as a coaching group and we got the selection headache we wanted in terms of the recruitment we have done.

“We had some really tough decisions to make. Ultimately some of those decisions are based around winning a game of rugby and secondly making sure we develop a squad.

“I feel we have two players in every position of real quality, if we can keep everyone fit then selection becomes difficult which is what we want.

If you look at the teams that win things, they do it off the back of a squad. We didn’t have that last year but are beginning to grow that.

“It’s a tough, tough league. We believe we are on the right track to building something but it’s still in that building phase and it will be for a while. We’ve had one week at home but know we have a huge challenge on Friday night.”

Cardiff Blues (v Munster)

15. Dan Fish
14. Alex Cuthbert
13. Cory Allen
12. Rey Lee-Lo
11. Tom James
10. Gareth Anscombe
9. Tomos Williams

1. Gethin Jenkins (c)
2. Kristian Dacey
3. Taufa-ao Filise
4. George Earle
5. Macauley Cook
6. Josh Navidi
7. Ellis Jenkins
8. Nick Williams

Replacements:

16. Matthew Rees
17. Rhys Gill
18. Scott Andrews
19. Josh Turnbull
20. Sam Warburton
21. Lee Williams
22. Steve Shingler
23. Matthew Morgan

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