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Treviso v Ospreys: Teams

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Treviso v Ospreys: Teams

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Ospreys coach Sean Holley has named a side featuring no fewer than thirteen fully fledged internationals for Saturday's Heineken Cup game against Treviso at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo.

Having watched his side trounce the same opposition the previous weekend, Holley is after a repeat performance this time around - anything less and their European challenge could be over for another year.

"Last week we recorded an excellent victory at the Liberty Stadium, and the challenge this time around is to ensure we deliver a similar performance on Saturday," Holley said.

"We are aware of the challenge that Treviso will present at home, they will be looking to put the record straight.

"We are under no illusions that it will be difficult, but we've worked hard this week on making sure that we stay focused, we've worked on a few areas for improvement from the last game and we are confident of producing a performance to the required standard."

Gavin Henson was fit for selection, but the Welsh centre was not picked as he will remain in Wales to be with his partner who is expected to give birth.

Instead Holley sticks with Sonny Parker and Andrew Bishop in the centres, as well as last week's four-try hero Tommy Bowe on the wing.

It's difficult to see Treviso causing Ospreys any major problems, although they will at least hope to maintain a respectable margin.

There are several household names in the side, albeit most are past their peak. South African pair Dion Kingi and Hottie Louw pack down at number eight and seven respectively.

Former Wasps man Fraser Waters starts at inside centre, meaning Marius Goosen shifts onto the left wing.

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Andrew Vilk, 13 Benjamin De Jager, 12 Fraser Waters, 11 Marius Goosen, 10 Andrea Marcato, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Dion Kingi, 7 Hottie Louw, 6 Mark Gilbride, 5 Cornelius Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Pedro di Santo, 2 Giorgio Intoppa, 1 Franco Sbaraglini.
16 Diego Vidal, 17 Enrico Ceccato, 18 Enrico Pavanello, 19 Michael Barbieri, 20 Marco Filippucci, 21 Michael Horak, 22 Alberto Lucchese.

Ospreys: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 Andrew Bishop, 11 Shane Williams, 10 James Hook, 9 Rhodri Wells, 8 Filo Tiatia, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Alun-wyn Jones, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paul James (capt).
Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington, 17 Cai Griffiths, 18 Tom Smith, 19 Steve Tandy, 20 Rhys Webb, 21 Dan Biggar, 22 Jonny Vaughton.

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