2018/2019 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 18 v 24 Merthyr
01 September 2018 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Preview

Cardiff - Merthyr

Cardiff RFC open their Principality Premiership campaign against last season’s Champions Merthyr at the Arms Park on Saturday (2:30pm)

The starting XV includes seven players who are making their Premiership débuts for the Blue & Blacks whilst hooker Joey Tomlinson captains the side.

Speaking of the his first league selection of the season Head Coach Steve Law said ‘We all anticipate the start of the league season with a great deal of excitement and having the Champions here in the first game of the season will be a huge challenge for us. Merthyr have a talented and experienced squad that will challenge us in every area of the field. It will be the first time for a while we have not had any Cardiff Blues players allocated to us for the first match of the season, but that gives us the opportunity to test the quality of the summer recruitment. The squad have had a great pre-season and are ready for this challenge”.

Cardiff (vs Merthyr)

15 Gareth Thompson

14 Morgan Griffiths

13 Joe Gatt

12 Will Rees-Hole

11 Matthew Powell

10 Steffan Jones

9 Martin Roberts


1 Thomas Davies

2 Joey Tomlinson (Capt)

3 Peter Lloyd

4 Kieran Martin

5 James Murphy

6 Rory Pitman

7 Zach O’Driscoll

8 Morgan Allen


16 Ramaz Rukhadze

17 Ian Jenkins

18 Ross Davies

19 Nathan Smith

20 Tom Daley

21 Luke Crocker

22 Nicky Griffiths

23 Adam Jones