Preview: Dragons v Ospreys

Date published: September 11 2014

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Welsh internationals Taulupe Faletau and Hallam Amos return to the Dragons side for their Welsh derby clash with the Ospreys.

Welsh internationals Taulupe Faletau and Hallam Amos return to the Dragons side for their Welsh derby clash with the Ospreys.

Amos is back after a torn labrum he sustained in June stopped him from going on the Wales tour to South Africa, while Faletau also returns to the fold after being rested for the Dragons' opener in Connacht.

Lyn Jones has selected a similar side to the one that was named to face Connacht last weekend, with the exception of three players.

Jones has named an international back three with skipper Lee Byrne taking the helm at full-back, alongside wings Amos and Aled Brew.

The second row has one change as Ian Gough steps in to take on his old teammates alongside Rynard Landman.

The final change is the return of Faletau at number eight, stepping in for Andy Powell who drops to the bench.

The Ospreys meanwhile have made no changes from the team that hammered Treviso 44-13 on the opening day.

After scoring five tries in a comprehensive win at the Liberty Stadium, Steve Tandy has chosen to stick with the same 23 for a first away game of the season.

“It was a pretty pleasing start to the season with the Treviso win, but that's all it was, pretty pleasing,” said Tandy.

“It's great to score a few tries and to pick up a bonus point win but we're under no illusions about where we are.

“It's important that we keep our feet firmly on the ground and that's very much the message that we've been getting through to the boys this week.”

Form: The Dragons' only win in their last nine Pro12 fixtures was 20-19 at home to Treviso in Round 22 last season, whilst the Dragons have won just one of their last six encounters with fellow Welsh regions in this tournament: 22-16 against Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade on Boxing Day.

Ospreys' solo reversal in their last five fixtures was 27-30 to Zebre in Parma on 1st May.

Ospreys have won only one “away” game in any competition in 2014: 20-10 over Dragons at Millennium Stadium on “Judgement Day” in April.

Ospreys have won their last 14 Pro12 fixtures against fellow Welsh regions.

Dragons' most recent victory over Ospreys in the Pro12 was 21-20 in Newport on 6th January 2012.

Ospreys have won just once at Rodney Parade since 2007: 14-3 in the Pro12 on New Year's Eve 2012.

The teams:

Dragons: 15 Lee Byrne (c), 14 Hallam Amos, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Boris Stankovich
Replacements: 16 T. Rhys Thomas, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Dan Way, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Andy Powell, 21 Richie Rees, 22 Angus O'Brien, 23 Tom Prydie.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Andrew Bishop, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Dan Baker, 7 James King, 6 Joe Bearman, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Lloyd Peers (c), 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Daniel Suter, 19 Tyler Ardron, 20 Morgan Allen, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Hanno Dirksen

Date: Friday, September 12
Kick-off: 19:35 BST
Venue: Rodney Parade
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Gwyn Morris (Wales), Dan Jones (Wales)
Television match official: Derek Bevan (Wales)

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