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Pro12 final: Ospreys make just one change for Leinster trip

Steve Tandy has stuck with 14 of the team which felled Munster in the semi-final, scrum half Rhys Webb is the only change.

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OSPREYS COACH STEVE Tandy has made just one change from the side which demolished Munster for this Sunday’s Rabodirect Pro12 final at the RDS.

The Ospreys will go in as underdogs despite twice beating Leinster this season, and also defeating them two years ago when the final was at the same venue.

Try-scorer in the semi-final win, Khan Fotuali’i, will be disappointed to make way as Rhys Webb is preferred at scrum half.

Shane Williams will play his final game for the club prior to retirement, and he is just one of several electric backs at Tandy’s disposal. With Andy Bishop and Ashley Beck set to provide a stiff test, even for their experienced centre opponents, Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll.

Alun Wyn Jones and Ian Evans will look to take the game to the hosts through the line-out where they will be pitted against Devin Toner and Leo Cullen.

Ospreys (v Leinster): Fussell; Dirksen, Bishop, Beck, S Williams; Biggar, Webb: James, Hibbard, A Jones; AW Jones, Evans, R Jones, Tipuric, Bearman.

Replacements: Baldwin, Bevington, Jarvis, King, Smith, Fotuali’i, Morgan, Isaacs.

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