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Shane Williams is set for his final home match for the Ospreys in the Pro12 play-off clash with Munster on Friday night.

The Lions wing did have a farewell match against the Dragons in April before the Ospreys earned a home tie in the final four.

Williams, 35, who scored a try in his ‘farewell’ against the Dragons, is likely to be preferred over Eli Walker.

“Shane will probably play,” said Ospreys coach Steve Tandy.

“There was a big focus for the Dragons game and that was the only game we could guarantee [for Shane’s farewell].

“Fortunate for us we have got the home semi-final so all likelihood Shane will play. It’s a big occasion.

“Eli has done terrific for us. He’s really developing but we see the big game experience from Shane on Friday night will be a real benefit to us.

“Eli is coming on and I’m sure he will be a great Osprey. Hanno [Dirksen] is getting better and better every game. It was key for us to develop these guys.

“We did feel it is the right time to give Eli a break and bring Shane in.”

There is an outside chance Williams could have another home tie in the final but that depends on the Ospreys beating Munster and Glasgow overcoming Leinster in the other play-off.

Williams enjoyed his ‘final’ match on 20 April by score a last minute bonus point try as the Ospreys overcame the Dragons 31-12 in front of 14,478 at the Liberty.

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BACKS

15 Leigh HALFPENNY (CARDIFF BLUES)
DoB: 22.12.88. 5’10” / 1.77m. 13st 6lbs / 85kgs
International record: 30 caps (W 15, L 15; 119 pts – 11T, 5C, 18PG)
14 Alex CUTHBERT (CARDIFF BLUES)
DoB: 05.04.90. 6’6” / 1.98m. 16st 3lbs / 103kgs
International record: 4 caps (W 3, L 1; 5 pts – 1T)
13 Jonathan DAVIES (SCARLETS)
DoB: 05.04.88. 6’1” / 1.86m. 16st 8lb / 105kgs
International record: 24 caps (W 14, L 10; 35 pts – 7T)
12 Jamie ROBERTS (CARDIFF BLUES)
DoB: 08.11.86. 6’4” / 1.93m. 17st 5lbs / 110kgs
International record: 42 caps (W 21, L 21; 20 pts – 4T)
11 George NORTH (SCARLETS)
DoB: 13.04.92. 6’4” / 1.92m. 17st 3lbs / 109kgs
International record: 19 caps (W 9, L 9, D 1; 50 pts – 10T)
10 Rhys PRIESTLAND (SCARLETS)
DoB: 07.01.87 1.82m / 6’0”. 15st 0lbs / 95kgs
International record: 13 caps (W 9, L 4; 50 pts – 1T, 12C, 7PG)
9 Mike PHILLIPS (BAYONNE)
DoB: 29.08.82. 6’3” / 1.91m. 15st 10lb / 101kgs
International record: 63 caps (W 31, L 30, D 2; 40 pts – 8T)

FORWARDS

1 Gethin JENKINS (CARDIFF BLUES, CAPTAIN)
DoB: 17.11.80. 6’2” / 1.88m. 19st 1lb / 121kgs
International record: 85 caps (W 39, L 44, D 2; 20 pts – 4T)
2 Matthew REES (SCARLETS)
DoB: 09.12.80. 6’0” / 1.83m. 17st 1lbs / 108kgs
International record: 48 caps (W 20, L 27, D 1; 10 pts – 2T)
3 Adam JONES (OSPREYS)
DoB: 08.03.81. 6’0” / 1.83m. 19st 4lbs / 122kgs
International record: 78 caps (W 38, L 37, D 3; 10 pts – 2T)
4 Alun Wyn JONES (OSPREYS)
DoB: 19.09.85. 6’5” / 1.96m. 19st 4lbs / 122kgs
International record: 60 caps (W 26, L 34; 35 pts – 7T)
5 Ian EVANS (OSPREYS)
DoB: 04.10.84. 6’8” / 2.04m. 18st 3lbs / 116kgs
International record: 20 caps (W 9, L 10, D 1; 5 pts – 1T)
6 Dan LYDIATE (NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS)
DoB: 18.12.87. 1.93m / 6’4”. 18st 0lbs / 114kgs
International record: 22 caps (W 10, L 11, D 1)
7 Justin TIPURIC (OSPREYS)
DoB: 06.08.89. 1.88m / 6’2” 15st 13lbs / 101kgs
International record: 3 caps (W 2, L 1)
8 Toby FALETAU (NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS)
DoB: 12.11.90. 1.88m / 6’2”. 17st 5lbs / 110kgs
International record: 14 caps (W 8, L 6; 10 pts – 2T)

REPLACEMENTS

16 Ken OWENS (SCARLETS)
DoB: 03.01.87. 6’1” / 1.86m. 17st 3lbs / 109kgs
International record: 3 caps (W 3)
17 Paul JAMES (OSPREYS)
DoB: 13.05.82. 6’1” / 1.86m. 18st 2lbs / 115kgs
International record: 33 caps (W 14, L 18, D 1)
18 Luke CHARTERIS (NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS)
DoB: 09.03.83. 6’9” / 2.06m. 19st 10lbs / 125kgs
International record: 32 caps (W 16, L 16)
19 Ryan JONES (OSPREYS)
DoB: 13.03.81. 6’5” / 1.96m. 17st 12lbs / 113kgs
International record: 61 caps (W 31, L 28, D 2; 5 pts – 1T)
20 Lloyd WILLIAMS (CARDIFF BLUES)
DoB: 30.11.89. 6’0” / 1.83m. 14st 1lb / 89kgs
International record: 6 caps (W 4, L 2; 10 pts – 2T)
21 James HOOK (PERPIGNAN)
DoB: 27.06.85. 6’0” / 1.83m. 15st 2lbs / 96kgs
International record: 61 caps (W 27, L 32, D 2; 326 pts – 12T, 40C, 58PG, 4DG)
22 Scott WILLIAMS (SCARLETS)
DoB: 10.10.90. 6’0” / 1.83m. 15st 13lbs / 101kgs
International record: 10 caps (W 6, L 4; 25 pts – 5T)

Wales captain Sam Warburton has been passed fit to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The flanker was forced to pull out of the RBS 6 Nations encounter against Scotland earlier this month with a thigh injury.

However the weekend off between the fixtures has allowed Warburton to recover and he will line-up against England as both sides look to maintain their unbeaten records in the tournament.

The inclusion of the Cardiff Blues player is one of three changes made by Head Coach Warren Gatland following Wales’ 27-13 victory over Scotland.

Warburton replaces Aaron Shingler in the back row, while fit-again lock Alun-Wyn Jones is preferred to Ryan Jones and hooker Ken Owens gains his first start for Wales after both Huw Bennett and Matthew Rees were sidelined by calf muscle strains.

Sale Sharks No.8 Andy Powell drops off the bench and there is also no place in the matchday 22 for either Shingler or lock Lou Reed.

“A fit-again Alun-Wyn Jones is selected based on his World Cup form and his experience as an international lock,” Gatland said.

“He gave us a selection dilemma, but it has been a great problem to have.

“While Ryan Jones is particularly unlucky to miss out on this occasion, this is just the kind of competition for places we have been striving for.

“Ken Owens has been waiting patiently for his chance and, while injuries elsewhere have meant he gets his opportunity this weekend, we are expecting him to take it.”

Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard, who was called into Wales’ training squad two days ago, will provide bench cover for Owens.

The Wales back division remains unchanged for the third successive Six Nations game, with wing George North having shaken off an ankle injury which forced him to make an early exit against Scotland.

Wales team to face England

15 L Halfpenny, 14 A Cuthbert, 13 J Davies, 12 J Roberts, 11 G North, 10 R Priestland, 9 M Phillips; 1 G Jenkins, 2 K Owens, 3 A Jones, 4 A-W Jones, 5 I Evans, 6 D Lydiate, 7 S Warburton (capt), 8 T Faletau

Replacements: 16 R Hibbard, 17 P James, 18 R Jones, 19 J Tipuric, 20 L Williams, 21 J Hook, 22 S Williams

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Wales second-row Bradley Davies and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris have both been hit with citings following the Six Nations clash between the two sides on Sunday.

Tournament organisers have announced the citings, which were made by match commissioner, Italian Achille Reali. Davies was yellow-carded for a reckless tip-tackle on Ireland replacement Donnacha Ryan, while Ferris received an identical punishment for his tackle on Davies’ second-row partner Ian Evans.

Ferris infringed in the last minute of the game, and Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked the resulting penalty to give his team a 23-21 victory.

Davies and Ferris will appear before an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday. Wales continue their Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Cardiff next Sunday, while Ireland meet France in Paris the previous evening.

Reali has taken his action under the International Rugby Board’s Law 10.4 (j). It states: “Lifting a player from the ground, and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground, is dangerous play.”

Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted after the match that Davies was fortunate to avoid a red card, escaping with a sin-binning from referee Wayne Barnes on the recommendation of his assistant Dave Pearson. Ferris’ offence looked far less serious, but he now faces an anxious wait before discovering whether or not he will be sidelined for any part of the tournament.

For his part, Davies seems likely to land a ban, which would give Gatland a second-row selection poser given that World Cup locks Alun-Wyn Jones and Luke Charteris are currently injured and unavailable.

Assistant coach Shaun Edwards has praised Wales’ attractive style of rugby after they kicked off their 2012 RBS 6 Nations campaign with victory over Ireland in Dublin.

Wales came out on top 23-21 at the Aviva Stadium in a stunning game on Sunday and are now back at their Welsh training base preparing for this weekend’s clash against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

Edwards was pleased with Wales’ attacking threat but acknowledged that they will need to be at the top of their game when Andy Robinson’s side arrive in Cardiff.

“It was a really entertaining game and a good advert for Northern Hemisphere rugby,” he said.

“In attack we were excellent.

“We were slightly off the pace in defence in the first half after being on the attack for so long and we a little slow to get in line and we let them in for a try before half-time.

“But the lads showed a lot of fortitude and we came back well.

“We have played a lot of entertaining rugby recently. The conditions play their part in rugby but the brand is something you want to pay to watch.

“We had a day off and travelled back yesterday and today we will have our recovery sessions and then we will start the really hard work of preparing for Scotland.”

“Scotland are another team that play entertaining rugby and Sunday’s game against them will be played with the ball in hand.”