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Ospreys Team To Face Newport Gwent Dragons

By - | 24/04/2008

The Ospreys team to face Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League on Friday 25th April at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 7.35pm, will be as follows:-

15 Lee Byrne

14 Johnny Vaughton

13 Sonny Parker

12 Andrew Bishop

11 Shane Williams

10 James Hook

9 Justin Marshall

8 Ryan Jones (Capt)

7 Marty Holah

6 Filo Tiatia

5 Alun-wyn Jones

4 Ian Gough

3 Adam Jones

2 Richard Hibbard

1 Paul James

Replacements:

16 Huw Bennett

17 Duncan Jones

18 Ian Evans

19 Jonathan Thomas

20 Gareth Owen

21 Jonathan Spratt

22 Aled Brew

Injury and squad availability news

Three players are not available for selection this week:

Gavin Henson has been given another week to recover from the ligament damage to his left ankle suffered against Saracens earlier this month. The Ospreys medical team is hopeful that he will be involved against Edinburgh next week

Mike Phillips recently underwent surgery to repair damage to his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and will be out of action until next season

Nikki Walker is recovering well from a stress fracture of the fibia in the right leg and it is still hoped that he will return to action this season.

Head Coach Lyn Jones commented as follows:

"Friday night's game looks sure to be another tough challenge, Welsh derby matches always are, but it is a fixture that we must win if we are to achieve our double aims of Heineken Cup qualification for next season and to finish as the highest placed Welsh side. We have two games on the sides immediately above us, both against the Dragons, and if we can win both of those we will move up to 4th place, ahead of the Scarlets, so the message we will be giving the players ahead of the match will be a simple one; go out there and win.

"There is no question about it that we will be paying full respect to the Dragons despite their recent form. It is likely that they will include nine players in their starting fifteen who have experienced international rugby over the last two seasons so they have experience and talent. I've no doubt that they will be fired up for this match, given that it is a local derby and Heineken Cup qualification is at stake, so we must ensure that we do a professional job and secure the points as efficiently as possible.

"All the players are looking forward to 'going home' as it were, this will be only the fourth home match we have had in 2008. It will be the first opportunity for the squad and the management team to say a big thank you to the fans who got behind them so well at Twickenham in the EDF Energy Cup Final recently, to acknowledge their contribution to our success, and we're hoping that there'll be another large crowd present to help cheer us on to another important win."

Forthcoming fixtures are as follows:

(All Magners League)

Friday 25th April - Ospreys V Newport Gwent Dragons - Liberty Stadium - 7.35pm Friday 2nd May - Ospreys V Edinburgh - Liberty Stadium - 7.10pm Friday 9th May - Connacht V Ospreys - The Sports Ground - 6.30pm

TBC - Newport Gwent Dragons V Ospreys - Rodney Parade

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