The Ospreys have won three of their past four games in all competitions, and have only been beaten in Swansea once in their last eight encounters; 15-18 by the Scarlets last May. However, the men from Neath-Swansea have lost the last four matches they have played against Irish teams. Ulster's only win "on the road" since September was a narrow 20-19 victory over the Borders at Netherdale on 12 November. Ulster have lost on both their previous visits to St Helen's - in the 1997/98 European Cup and during the 2002/03 Celtic League, whilst they have won just once on their past eight trips to Wales - 28-0 over the Celtic Warriors at Brewery Field last March. The teams have met on three previous occasions in the Celtic League with each side winning its respective home match last season, and the Ospreys triumphing 37-24 at Ravenhill in September, Dave Tiueti scoring a try for the Ospreys in each of these encounters.
Ospreys: G Henson; S Terblanche; D Bishop, S Parker, S Williams; M Jones, J Spice; P James, B Williams (capt), A Jones, B Cockbain, J Thomas, A Lloyd, S Tandy, R Jones. Replacements: R Hibbard, A Millward, A Newman, R Pugh, R Rees, D Tiueti, A Durston. Ulster: B Cunningham, T Bowe, P Steinmetz, K Maggs, T Howe, D Humphreys, K Campbell, S Best, R Best, R Moore, G Longwell, M McCullough, C Feather (capt), N Best, R Wilson. Replacements: P Shields, R McCormack, R Frost, A Ward, R Spee, A Larkin, S Stewart.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.