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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.