Alun Wyn To Set New Record

Alun Wyn Jones plays his 233rd Ospreys game to move clear at the top of the Region’s all time appearance list when he runs out for match against Zebre at Liberty Stadium on Friday.

 Ospreys Head Coach Allen Clarke

Ospreys Head Coach Allen Clarke

Ospreys Head Coach Allen Clarke has had the bonus of being able to select from a squad which included the returning Wales players.

“It's been great to have the full squad together following what was a hugely successful Autumn International period for Wales - the energy and buzz has been fantastic. We're together for the next seven weeks before the Six Nations and we're conscious it's a period that defines league positions at the back end of the season.

“Our opponents Zebre are the first in an important series of matches. For us it's about concentrating on the basics and bringing the energy from training to the eighty minutes that matter.

“It’s a particularly special occasion for Alun Wyn, who will become the most capped Ospreys player of all time. He reflects what we stand for and as a team we want to make it a memorable night."

The team selected is :

15 Dan Evans

14 George North

13 Scott Williams

12 Owen Watkin

11 Luke Morgan

10 Sam Davies

9 Aled Davies

1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Tom Botha

4 Adam Beard

5 Alun Wyn Jones

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Sam Cross

8 Justin Tipuric (Capt)

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Otten

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Alex Jeffries

19 Lloyd Ashley

20 James King

21 Harri Morgan

22 James Hook

23 Cory Allen

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dan Baker – Knee; Bradley Davies – Knee; Ma’afu Fia – Back spasm; Gheorghe Gajion – Hamstring; Paul James – Shoulder; Rhodri Jones – Hamstring; Lesley Klim – Hamstring; Dan Lydiate – Elbow; Sam Parry – HIA; Luke Price- Fractured tibia