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.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series