Ospreys team to face Scarlets

The Ospreys team to face the Scarlets in the Magners League on Saturday 18th April 2009 at Parc Y Scarlets, kick off at 5.30pm, has been named.

15 Gareth Owen, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips 1 Paul James, 2 Richard Hibbard, 3 Cai Griffiths, 4 Filipo Levi, 5 Andy Lloyd, 6 Tom Smith, 7 Marty Holah, 8 Ryan Jones (Capt)

Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Adam Jones, 18 Alun-Wyn Jones, 19 Steve Tandy, 20 Rhys Webb, 21 James Hook, 22 Lee Byrne

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Duncan Jones is on target to make a return in the next couple of weeks following foot surgery. He is penciled into resume full training next week and if all goes to plan we will be making himavailable for selection ahead of Edinburgh on the 25th April

Ian Gough is rested following a reoccurrence of a haematoma in his hip region and is expected to be available next weekend

Gavin Henson has suffered damage to the ligaments on both the lateral and medial sides of his right ankle. At this stage, in light of the nature and extent of theligament damage, it is not anticipated that he will be available for selection prior to the final weekend of the season

Jonathan Thomas has commenced a period of relative rest following specialist consultation in orderto facilitate full resolution of his recurring groin problem and permit a problem free return totraining and playing.

Ben Lewis and Ian Evans are both recovering from ACL reconstructive surgery. Both players are achieving their targets and remain on course to be fully fit and available for the start of next season.

Nikki Walker is also doing well following surgery to repair his left hamstring origin, and although he won't feature again this season is expected be fit for the start of pre season training.

Lyndon Bateman is still in the early stages of his recovery following knee surgery and will return next season.

Kristian Phillips is recovering from surgery to repair the damage sustained following the shoulder dislocation he suffered against Leinster. He will require a 5-6 month recovery and rehabilitation process and will be targeting a return for the start of next season.