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Professional14: Ospreys v Edinburgh (Fri)

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Professional14: Ospreys v Edinburgh (Fri)

Flankler Justin Tipuric will lead the Ospreys this season
Professional14: Ospreys v Edinburgh
Venue: Liberty Stadium Date: Friday, 31 August Kick-off: 19:35 BST
Protection: Dwell commentary on the BBC Sport web site and BBC Radio Scotland MW, rating updates on BBC Radio Wales

Wales trio George North, Scott Williams and Aled Davies will make their aggressive Ospreys debuts in Friday’s Professional14 opener at house towards Edinburgh.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones begins on the Liberty Stadium after not being concerned within the pre-season matches.

Edinburgh title 4 debutants, together with former New Zealand Underneath-20 captain and fly-half Simon Hickey.

Richard Cockerill’s guests discipline 11 Scotland internationals as they search their first win in Swansea since 2009.

South African prop Pierre Schoeman, Scotland’s Henry Pyrgos and Luke Hamilton additionally make their aggressive Edinburgh bows.

Hamish Watson returns from a four-month damage lay-off to start out on the open-side flank.

The returning Jones, a three-time British and Irish Lion, companions Bradley Davies at lock in a powerful Ospreys XV.

New captain Justin Tipuric leads the facet, whereas Luke Value is most well-liked at outside-half to Sam Davies, who is called on the bench.

Ospreys: Evans; North, Williams, Watkin, Dirksen; Value, A Davies; Smith, Otten, Botha, B Davies, A Jones, Lydiate, Tipuric (capt), King.

Replacements: Baldwin, R Jones, Jeffries, Beard, Cross, Habberfield, S Davies, Thomas.

Edinburgh Rugby: Kinghorn; Fife, Bennett, Scott, Van der Merwe; Hickey, Pyrgos; Schoeman, McInally (capt), Berghan, Toolis, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Watson, Mata.

Replacements: Ford, Dell, McCallum, McKenzie, Ritchie, Kennedy, Van der Walt, Johnstone.

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)

Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (IRFU), Wayne Davies (WRU)

TMO: Tim Hayes (WRU)

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