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Cardiff Blues vs Saracens Powergen Cup Team News

30 September 2005

30 September 2005
Issued on behalf of Saracens
Saracens travel to Cardiff Blues on Saturday for their first pool game of the new-look Powergen Cup.
With a new and exciting format for the 2005/06 season, the four Welsh regions have been included in the competition - joined by the 12 Guinness Premiership sides who will initially battle it out in pool stages before the knockout rounds.
London Irish and Wasps are the other teams in Saracens group, with the Exiles visiting Vicarage Road on Sunday 9th October - kick off 3pm.
In team news, Thomas Castaignede switches to full back and Dan Scarbrough is named on the wing following the injury picked up by Richard Haughton against Sale Sharks last weekend. Dan Harris comes into the centre with Moses Rauluni starting at scrum half.
In the forwards, Matt Cairns switches places with Shane Byrne and Simon Raiwalui gets his first start of the season. David Seymour is named in the back row in place of the rested Alex Sanderson and captain Hugh Vyvyan reverts to No.8.
"We know it will be a very tough game against Cardiff," explained Head Coach Mike Ford. "We've lost Richard Haughton for this game and we've also rested Alex Sanderson. It was always part of the plan with his rehabilitation programme to let Alex take a break after a four games and it's well deserved.
"Simon Raiwalui is now back to full fitness and he comes back into the side, but perhaps the player who is most unlucky not to be in the starting team is Ben Skirving who has been playing well all season.
"But it's a 22-man game. The bench players made an impact in the second half against Sale Sharks and we'll be looking for them to do the same this weekend. Over the course of the match, it's not just about the 15 players who start the game - everyone in the 22 has an important role to play."
Saracens team vs Cardiff Blues
15 Thomas Castaignede
14 Dan Scarbrough
13 Kevin Sorrell
12 Dan Harris
11 Paul Bailey
10 Glen Jackson
9 Moses Rauluni
1 Nick Lloyd
2 Matt Cairns
3 Ben Broster
4 Simon Raiwalui
5 Iain Fullarton
6 Taine Randell
7 David Seymour
8 Hugh Vyvyan (c)
16 Shane Byrne
17 Kevin Yates
18 Kris Chesney
19 Ben Skirving
20 Alan Dickens
21 Ben J Russell
22 Adam Powell