Stephen Myler

Ospreys team to face the Dragons

The Ospreys have named their team to face the Dragons on Saturday 9th January at Rodney Parade, K.O 5:15pm.

Stephen Myler takes the reigns as Captain for the third of the festive Welsh derbies. He lines up alongside Rhys Webb at scrum-half. Mat Protheroe returns to the starting lineup with George North and Luke Morgan on the wings. Owen Watkin also returns to partner Keiran Williams in the centre. 

Keelan Giles makes his long awaited return to the matchday 23. After 454 days on the sidelines due to injury, the wing is named on the bench. Youngsters Reuben Morgan-Williams and Joe Hawkins are also named as cover. 

Up front Nicky Smith and Ma'afu Fia line-up alongside last week's Guinness Player of the Match Ifan Phillips. The second-row partnership of Adam Beard and Rhys Davies go again with Will Griffiths, Sam Cross and Morgan Morris forming the back-row. Scott Otten, Gareth Thomas, Tom Botha, Lloyd Ashley and Gareth Evans complete the matchday 23. 


15. Mat Protheroe

14. George North

13. Owen Watkin

12. Keiran Williams

11. Luke Morgan

10. Stephen Myler ©

9. Rhys Webb


1.Nicky Smith

2. Ifan Phillips

3. Ma’afu Fia

4. Adam Beard

5. Rhys Davies

6. Will Griffiths

7. Sam Cross

8. Morgan Morris


16. Scott Otten

17. Gareth Thomas

18. Tom Botha

19. Lloyd Ashley

20. Gareth Evans

21. Reuben Morgan-Williams

22. Joe Hawkins

23. Keelan Giles

Speaking ahead of the game, Head Coach Toby Booth said: “It’s a very hard opportunity facing the Dragons away at Rodney Parade. We played them in my very first game here back in August and I know Dean Ryan very well from my time in the Premiership. He drives a mentality and a winning culture which you have to be strong to overcome.

"We’re going to need to be at our best and just like we are they’re starting pretty early on their journey to improve, so it will be a tough contest which any Welsh derby always is.”