Six Ospreys to face New Zealand

Warren Gatland has named six Ospreys in his match day 23 to play New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar are named at half-back, with Alun Wyn Jones in the second row. On the bench, Nicky Smith is named after making his debut against Fiji last weekend, along with Scott Baldwin and Justin Tipuric. 

"It's pretty much the same side that played against Australia and it's a boost to have a few players back from injury,” said Gatland.

"It's one of the most experienced teams we have put out.

"We are expecting another clinical performance from the All Blacks. We need to match their intensity and aggression.

"The players are obviously excited about the opportunity to face the number one side at a packed Millennium Stadium. We have named an experienced team and we are really looking forward to it.”


Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys); Paul James (Bath), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Unattached), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, CAPT), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), James Hook (Gloucester), Liam Williams (Scarlets).