Dragons Team to face Ospreys

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Dragons head to the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Friday 27th October (KO 19:35), to take on Ospreys in the second Welsh derby of the Guinness PRO14 season.

Head Coach, Bernard Jackman has made six personnel and two positional changes to the side that secured a bonus point victory over Enisei-STM in the European Challenge Cup last weekend.

Two changes in the back three see wing Jared Rosser move to the left wing as Ashton Hewitt returns to the starting XV; Welsh International Hallam Amos retains his position as fullback. There is a change in the centre partnership as Jack Dixon joins Tyler Morgan who makes his 50th start for the Dragons. The half-backs see the return of Gavin Henson at fly-half and scrum-half Sarel Pretorius retains his position.

Experienced prop Brok Harris returns to the front row to join hooker Elliot Dee and tight-head prop Leon Brown, who yesterday signed a long-term deal with the region, as the second row remains unchanged. Ollie Griffiths will miss the Welsh derby as he recovers from the broken jaw he sustained last weekend, with fellow flanker James Thomas returning and James Benjamin moving from number 8 to make way for Lewis Evans who returns from injury to make his first Dragons appearance of the season.

The bench has three changes made to it as Aaron Wainwright, Angus O’Brien and Pat Howard join Gerard Ellis, Thomas Davies, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman and Charlie Davies.

Dragons Head Coach Bernard Jackman commented: “We have that away win under our belt in Europe so now we are looking for the away win in the Guinness PRO14.

“We know that these derby matches are unbelievably tough as it’s another step up. “I think that the Ospreys have hit form and we have massive respect for them. I thought that the performance against Saracens was a step up again from what they did the week before. We understand that this match is going to be a huge challenge for us, as they are one of the best squads in Europe so we are going to have to show massive improvement from what we have done in the last few weeks to be competitive, but that’s the challenge.”

 

Dragons team to face Ospreys

15 Hallam Amos,

14 Ashton Hewitt,

13 Tyler Morgan,

12 Jack Dixon,

11 Jared Rosser,

10 Gavin Henson,

9 Sarel Pretorius;

1 Brok Harris,

2 Elliot Dee,

3 Leon Brown,

4 Joe Davies,

5 Cory Hill ©,

6 James Thomas,

7 James Benjamin,

8 Lewis Evans.

 

Replacements;

Gerard Ellis,

Thomas Davies,

Lloyd Fairbrother,

Rynard Landman,

Aaron Wainwright,

Charlie Davies,

Angus O’Brien,

Pat Howard.

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