Ospreys wheel out big guns, Lydiate back for Dragons
THE Ospreys wheel out all their Wales big guns for the Pro12 game with the Dragons at the Liberty on Friday evening (7.05).
Just six days after beating England in the Six Nations title decider in Cardiff, Dan Biggar, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Evans and Justin Tipuric will return to regional duty.
Ryan Bevington, who also featured in the successful national campaign, is included as well.
Alun Wyn Jones leads the side from the second row as the Ospreys look for the points they need to keep alive their play-off hopes.
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Dan Lydiate makes a shock return for the Dragons despite indications earlier in the week that he wouldn't be ready to resume after his long-term ankle injury. Toby Faletau is on the bench, while Bedwas product Ross Wardle makes his Pro12 debut on the left wing.
Ospreys: R. Fussell; T. Habberfield, J. Spratt, A. Beck, T. Isaacs; D. Biggar, K. Fotuali'i; R. Bevington, R. Hibbard, A. Jones, A. W. Jones (capt), I. Evans, J. King, J. Thomas, J. Tipuric. Reps: S. Baldwin, D. Jones, D. Arhip, L. Peers, G. Stowers, R. Webb, M. Morgan, B. John.
Dragons: D. Evans; A. Hughes, P. Leach, J. Dixon, R. Wardle; S. Jones, W. Evans; O. Evans, S. Parry, N. Buck, A. Coombs, A. Jones, D. Lydiate, L. Evans (capt), N. Cudd. Reps: H. Gustafson, P. Price, D. Way, I. Nimmo, T. Faletau, J. Evans, W. Harris, H. Amos.