Wales internationals Justin Tipuric and Dan Lydiate sit out the Ospreys’ Guinness PRO14 derby with the Dragons at Rodney Parade on Saturday (5.15pm).
The pair are rested, with Tipuric needing to recharge batteries after a spell throughout which he’s performed quite a lot of rugby whereas additionally struggling a bout of tonsilitis in the course of the autumn worldwide interval.
Equally, Lydiate can be given the possibility to place his toes up, with the 33-year-old flanker having featured in each aggressive recreation the Ospreys have performed to date this season whereas piling up 133 tackles within the league alone.
A rejigged back-row sees Morgan Morris are available at No. 8, Sam Cross swap to openside and Will Griffiths function at on the opposite facet of the scrum.
Adam Beard and Rhys Davies proceed at lock, with head coach Toby Sales space providing reward to the pair on the area’s weekly press name.
“Adam Beard’s been completely sensible in the best way he’s led our pack,” stated Sales space.
“We’re growing him not simply as a rugby participant however as a frontrunner.
“We’ve additionally seen the emergence of Rhys Davies, with a little bit of senior assist from Lloyd Ashley.
“These boys have actually stepped up.
“Guys like Alun Wyn Jones and Bradley Davies are worldwide gamers who’ve served the Ospreys very well. What now we have to do is get the easiest out of them and proceed to play properly when they don’t seem to be round — when persons are out on worldwide obligation.
“We’d like a bit extra power in depth as a result of a few these boys are injured, however the kids have been given alternatives and brought them.”
Stephen Myler captains the Ospreys from fly-half.
The Ospreys have momentum after beating Cardiff Blues, whereas the Dragons have fallen to 2 derby defeats in a row.
Dean Ryan remembers Jamie Roberts after the centre missed the New Yr’s Day conflict with the Scarlets, whereas Joe Davies returns at lock, Huw Taylor options at No. 6 and Richard Hibbard figures in opposition to his previous area.
The hosts have accidents within the again row that maintain out Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham and Ollie Griffiths, however Roberts’ return in midfield is critical, with the previous Wales worldwide a constant supply of inspiration for the east Walians this season.
“We’re concentrating on a win after what has been a difficult 5 or 6 weeks for the group with disruption and adjustments,” stated Ryan.
“I imagine in life in the event you maintain working onerous then someplace alongside the road you get rewarded for it. I might like to get that via a win at Rodney Parade this weekend.
“We all know the dimensions of the problem we’re going to face.
“Ospreys, below Toby Sales space, are a really totally different facet to what we confronted again in August and we might want to produce an 80-minute efficiency to get the end result all of us need.”
Dragons: O. Jenkins; J. Rosser, N. Tompkins, J. Roberts, A. Hewitt; J. Lewis, T. Knoyle; B. Harris, R. Hibbard, L. Brown, J. Davies, M. Screech, Huw Taylor, H. Keddie (capt), A. Wainwright
Replacements: E. Dee, A. Jarvis, L. Fairbrother, B. Carter, L. Evans, R. Williams, A. Robson, J. Dixon.
Ospreys: M. Protheroe; G. North, O. Watkin, Ok. Williams, L. Morgan; S. Myler (capt), R. Webb; N. Smith, I. Phillips, M. Fia, A. Beard, R. Davies, W. Griffiths, S. Cross, M. Morris.
Replacements: S. Otten, G. Thomas, T. Botha, L. Ashley, G. Evans, R. Morgan-Williams, J. Hawkins, Ok. Giles.