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Magners League

Darren Edwards has named his first team as Head Coach of the Dragons as the Men of Gwent take on the Ospreys at Rodney Parade on Friday (Rodney Parade, 7:05pm)

Will Harries steps in for the injured Martyn Thomas at full-back whilst Adam Hughes moves on to the wing and Ashley Smith returns at inside centre with an unchanged half back pairing.

Back row Gavin Thomas returns for his first start since the jaw injury he picked up earlier in the season and Andrew Coombs moves into the second row to replace the injured Luke Charteris

“It was a blow to lose Luke after last week’s game,” said Edwards “and obviously it isn’t ideal to have a back row player having to move into the tight five. But Andrew has played lock before and I’m confident that the team will pull together for today’s match.

“It’s not often that we can come into a home match looking to complete the double over a top 3 team but although today presents us with a lot of challenges, it also presents with an opportunity to make a little bit of history.”

15. Will Harries

14. Adam Hughes

13. Tom Riley

12. Ashley Smith (c)

11. Aled Brew

10. Jason Tovey

9. Wayne Evans

1. Phil Price

2. Lloyd Burns

3. Ben Castle

4. Andrew Coombs

5. Adam Jones

6. Dan Lydiate

7. Gavin Thomas

8. Toby Faletau

16. Steve Jones

17. Dan Way

18.Hugh Gustafson

19. Lewis Evans

20. Joe Bearman

21. Matthew Pewtener

22. Jon Evans

23. Matthew Jones