Ospreys Name Team To Face The Vodacom Bulls


The Ospreys have named their team for the final match of the 21/22 season where they face the Vodacom Bulls in the United Rugby Championship at the Swansea.com Stadium on Friday evening.

The battle for the Welsh Shield heats up this Friday night with it all to play for against our South African opponents. Rhys Webb will lead out the side partnering Gareth Anscombe at 10. Luke Morgan comes into the starting line-up alongside Keelan Giles and Michael Collins in the back three.

Owen Watkin and George North form the centre partnership.

Gareth Thomas, Dewi Lake and Tomas Francis form the front row with Adam Beard and Alun Wyn Jones in the second. Will Griffiths, Jac Morgan and Morgan Morris complete the starting pack.

Off the bench, Sam Parry, Nicky Smith and Tom Botha provide the front-row cover with Bradley Davies and Dan Lydiate completing Friday's forward contingent. Harri Morgan comes onto the bench alongside Stephen Myler and Mat Protheroe who complete the matchday 23.

Toby Booth, Ospreys Head coach, said: “The Bulls are very physical, very strong up front, a very collision and field position based side. They have a good kicking game and if you let their back three have it on their terms, in broken field, they are going to hurt you.

“We saw that against the Stormers, from our own personal experience, so we are expecting the same.

“The good thing for us is that we are at home, with a crowd, we haven’t had to travel and this is on our terms, in that respect.

“It is going to be a massive arm wrestle and a massive challenge, but one we are really looking forward to.”

Ospreys: 15. Michael Collins, 14. Luke Morgan, 13. George North, 12. Owen Watkin, 11. Keelan Giles, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Rhys Webb (c), 8. Morgan Morris, 7. Jac Morgan, 6. Will Griffiths, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 4. Adam Beard, 4. Adam Beard, 3. Tomas Francis, 2. Dewi Lake, 1. Gareth Thomas. Replacements: 16. Sam Parry, 17. Nicky Smith, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Bradley Davies, 20. Dan Lydiate, 21. Harri Morgan, 22. Stephen Myler, 23. Mat Protheroe.