"Our first opponents Connacht are really tough customers, and will provide a real test for us. They've certainly improved their style of play in the last year or two. Michael Bradley has had them for a long time now and he's moved his squad in a slightly different direction.
"The Sports Ground isn't an easy place to play, but having said that, when you look down our squad sheet for the weekend, we're in good shape. We've got a squad that is pretty healthy compared to last season, with some additions. We've had a great pre-season, I'd go as far as to say the best in the seven years that I've been at the Ospreys now, it's been hard work and it's been enjoyable. There's an air of determination around, so we've got to be confident going there.
"Mike and James are the first Lions players to return to action. Mike only played half a season last year, and James didn't play as much rugby as some of the others in the Six Nations and Lions tour. We've looked at it, and felt that those two, of the Lions, along with Ryan, are ready to get into the fray. How long they will both play is yet to be seen, but we wanted to get them integrated as soon as possible, at the appropriate time, as will be the case with our other Lions."
Ospreys: 15 Barry Davies 14 Jonny Vaughton 13 Sonny Parker 12 Andrew Bishop 11 Nikki Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 Mike Phillips 1 Duncan Jones 2 Richard Hibbard 3 Cai Griffiths 4 Ian Gough 5 Andy Lloyd 6 Jerry Collins 7 Marty Holah 8 Ryan Jones © Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett 17 Paul James 18 Tom Smith 19 Filo Tiatia 20 Tom Isaacs 21 James Hook 22 Jonathan Spratt