Ospreys throw Goode straight in to LV=Cup

James Goode will make his Ospreys debut in the Anglo Welsh LV=Cup after arriving on trial last week while James King and Justin Tipuric make their first starts for the region after debuting over the last two weeks.

Will Taylor and Hanno Dirksen will make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench during the game. Ross Davies made his Ospreys debut as a replacement last weekend, and along with Richard Kelly and Matthew Jarvis has just one Ospreys appearance to date.

Rhys Webb returns to action ahead of schedule following ACL and shoulder reconstructions at the end of April

Ospreys Coach Jonathan Humphreys commented:”We’re looking forward to playing Bath on Saturday, and what will be another chance to test ourselves against Guinness Premiership opposition.

” I’ve got no doubts that Bath will be looking at our current situation here, with injuries and unavailability and will be targeting a win, but we’ll travel full of self belief and confidence in the players that we put out.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for some of these guys to put their hand up and show what they can do, and while it’s been tough preparing for the game, I have to say that the attitude and application of the squad has been first class.

“Bath haven’t had the best of runs recently, if you just look the W’s or L’s in the column, but that doesn’t tell the full story. They’ve put on some good performances and recorded some really narrow defeats as well as a draw against Leicester, so we now that they will pose a real threat.

“Bath sides have always had a strong pack, and that is what they are trying to build there. It’s going to be a real test for our young side, and one that I’d like to think that they would enjoy and learn from as they continue their development.

“With the new format of the LV= Cup, there is an extra game in the pool stages this year, so with us both losing last weekend, we have an opportunity to bounce back and keep alive our hopes of progressing.”

The Ospreys team to face Bath in the LV= Cup

15 Barry Davies, 14 Nicky Thomas, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 Andrew Bishop, 11 Ashley Beck, 10 Gareth Owen, 9 Liam Davies,1 Ryan Bevington, 2 Ed Shervington
3 Cai Griffiths, 4 James King, 5 James Goode, 6 Jerry Collins (Capt), 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Tom Smith

Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Will Taylor, 18 Ross Davies, 19 Richard Kelly, 20 Steve Tandy, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Matthew Jarvis, 23 Hanno Dirksen

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