Ospreys Ultimate XV - 12

Our attention now turns to the centre partnership in our #UltimateXV. Here's a look at today's contenders for the inside-centre position. 

Scott Gibbs

The Ospreys’ very first captain, Gibbs spent 1 season with the region. During his time at the Ospreys the Welsh legend made 16 appearances and scored three tries. The Swansea RFC star has 53 Wales caps to his name and toured with the British and Irish Lions on three tours in 1993, 1997 and 2001. In 1997s tour, some standout performances saw him take the 'Player of the Series' and the Lions took the series 2-1.

Josh Matavesi

Matavesi originally arrived at the Ospreys in the summer of 2014 from Worcester Warriors and scored 67 points in 79 games, including 11 tries. The Fijian International made his debut for his country back in 2009 against Scotland and went onto gain 21 caps for Fiji.  He was included in Fiji’s squad for the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Sonny Parker

The New Zealander, who went on to become a Grand Slammer after qualifying for Wales through residency, signed for the region in the summer of 2004. He went on to become a regional stalwart spending over eight years with Ospreys. In that time, he notched up 157 caps and 29 tries for the region, statistics that place him eighth in the Ospreys all-time try scorers chart. He has won three Celtic League titles and played the full 80 minutes in both EDF Energy Cup Finals against Leicester at Twickenham.

Gavin Henson

Henson was with the Ospreys during their inception in 2003, having previously played for Swansea, and he made his regional debut coming off the bench in the Ospreys first ever Celtic League fixture to put in a match-winning performance against Ulster at the Gnoll in September 2003, helping himself to 15 points including two tries. Henson has clocked up 98 appearances in an Ospreys shirt and is 4th on the region's all-time points scorer with 778. He has also picked up 33 Welsh caps, featuring in two Grand Slam successes, and 1 test cap for the British and Irish Lions from their 2005 tour.

James Hook

Hook went onto earn his first international cap before making his first start for the Ospreys! In his first season with the Ospreys he helped guide the region to a Celtic League title and runners-up spot in the EDF Energy Cup Final. In 2009 the Ospreys reached the EDF Energy Cup Final facing Leicester in the final again. A starring role by Hook saw the fly-half slot 13 points as the Ospreys claimed the silverware in a 23-6 win. Hook was named in the 2009 British and Irish Lions side to travel to South Africa. Hook featured heavily in the regions 2009/10 Magners league campaign, where the Ospreys went onto lift the trophy. During his time in the Welsh jersey, Hook made 81 appearances, scored 352 points and crossed the try line 13 times for his country, making him the fifth highest scorer ever for the national team. Hook featured in the 2012 Grand Slam and the 2013 Championship win for Wales and was named in Warren Gatland’s first Welsh squad who clinched the 2008 Grand Slam. Hook currently sits in 2nd place in the Ospreys all-time points scorer list with 841 and has made 149 appearances. All told, he's dotted the ball over the whitewash 19 times and slotted the ball through the sticks 290 times for the region.


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