Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys- LV= Cup match preview
Last Updated: 26/01/13 6:12pm
It is the Dragons' young guns who dominate the starting line-up to face fellow Welsh region the Ospreys at Rodney Parade on Saturday.
Scrum-half Rhys Downes, on loan from Newport RFC, gets a place on the Newport Gwent bench. He will be joined by Pat Leach and Aaron Coundley, who both return from injury.
Matthew Pewtner will make his first start of the season after also returning from injury.
Meanwhile, Steve Tandy, Ospreys head coach, has named his team to take on the Dragons with Rhys Webb set to lead the side for the first time.
Dragons: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Matthew Pewtner, 13 Adam Hughes, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Mike Poole, 10 Steffan Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans; 8 Nathan Williams, 7 Sam Parry, 6 Dan Way, 5 Adam Jones, 4 Rob Sidoli, 3 Lewis Evans (c), 2 Nic Cudd, 1 Ieuan Jones.
Replacements:16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Aaron Coundley, 18 Tim Ryan, 19 Ian Nimmo, 20 Jevon Groves, 21 Rhys Downes, 22 Dan Evans, 21 Pat Leach.
Ospreys: 15 Jamie Murphy, 14 Tom Grabham, 13 Jonathan Spratt, 12 Ben John, 11 Dafydd Howells, 10 Matthew Morgan, 9 Rhys Webb (c), 8 Morgan Allen, 7 Arthur Ellis, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 4 Sam Williams, 3 Daniel Suter, 2 Matthew Dwyer, 1 Marc Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Dmitri Arhip, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Campbell Johnstone, 19 Dan Baker, 20 Rob Dudley-Jones, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Nathan Edwards.
What they said...
"This game is a chance for me to impress my Dragons and Wales U20's coaches in a derby game. It will be tough as the Ospreys will have players in a similar position who will want to show what they can do."
Scrum-half Rhys Webb
"It's the first time I've ever been captain so I'm really honoured by that.
"Growing up, captaining your local team is always something that you dream of doing so hopefully I can lead by example, and put in a real captain's performance.
"I'm really looking forward to the next couple of games. I haven't had as much game time this season as I would have hoped, and when you get the opportunity to pull on the shirt it's up to you to take your chance.
"I'm just really excited to get back on the pitch and hopefully getting plenty of minutes under my belt so that I can hopefully kick on from there."