Matthew Morgan impressed for the Ospreys last Friday evening at Bridgend.
Talented fly half Matthew Morgan makes his Magners League bow against Connacht at the Sportsground in a Magners League clash (KO 7pm).
The teenager gave an impressive performance against Leicester Tigers in the LV=Cup last Friday in Bridgend to force his way into the Ospreys reckoning.
Ospreys Head Coach, Sean Holley, commented:"I think the last two weeks have been really positive, culminating in the performance against Leicester. We know we've got some raw talent coming through in the region, although we don't often get the chance to look at them together, which is something that the LV= Cup has afforded us the opportunity to do.
"We were very close to getting a positive outcome in Newcastle, but there were signs there that we had real potential as a team. The performance significantly improved the following weekend and the boys really expressed themselves against Leicester. It was a good stage for them in front of an excellent crowd, and it kicks us on into this week and the Magners League now with us still missing so many players.
"A lot of the faces and combinations we saw last weekend will front up again in Connacht. We're excited about going there with this group of players. In recent seasons we've played them with near enough a full strength squad and we've had to really work hard to get a positive result, so it will be a really good test of where these players are right now.
"It's a tough game and another learning curve for a lot of these players. It won't be easy, but we're looking forward to it. We've seen a significant change in the Connacht approach under Eric Elwood, they've made some good signings and are playing a far more expansive game. They are still really difficult to beat out there, but for different reasons now. We know the conditions are going to be difficult in Galway, but we've prepared for that, we know it's going to be a real test of character for these boys."
Ospreys 15 Gareth Owen 14 Kristian Phillips 13 Sonny Parker 12 Ashley Beck 11 Richard Fussell 10 Matthew Morgan 9 Rhys Webb; 1 Duncan Jones 2 Mefin Davies 3 Craig Mitchell 4 Conor McInerney 5 Ian Evans 6 Justin Tipuric 7 Marty Holah 8 Jerry Collins (Capt)
Replacements 16 Scott Baldwin 17 Joe Rees 18 Cai Griffiths 19 James Goode 20 James King 21 Jamie Nutbrown 22 Matthew Jarvis 23 Barry Davies
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.