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Exeter v Ospreys - LV= Cup match preview
Exeter Chiefs have made three changes to their line-up for the visit of the Ospreys in the LV= Cup on Saturday.
A youthful Chiefs side opened up their challenge with a six-try rout of London Welsh and head coach Rob Baxter has kept faith in the majority of the squad.
The only changes of personnel come in the front-row, with a debut for hooker Jack Yeandle and starts for Luke Cowan-Dickie and Hoani Tui.
Baxter has tweaked the back division by moving Nic Sestaret to centre, with Jack Nowell named on the wing and Myles Dorrian switching to full-back.
The Ospreys have made seven changes to their line-up for the trip to Sandy Park.
Five of the changes come in the pack with Owen Williams, Arthur Ellis, Joe Bearman, Sam Williams and Ian Gough handed starts.
In the backs Sam Davies, who starred off the bench against Gloucester, and Tom Habberfield team up at half-back - with Matthew Morgan and Rhys Webb dropped to the bench.
Exeter: 15 Myles Dorrian, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Nic Sestaret, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Mark Foster, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga (capt), 1 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 2 Jack Yeandle, 3 Hoani Tui, 4 Damian Welch, 5 Will Carrick-Smith, 6 Justin Blanchet, 7 Joel Conlon, 8 Dave Ewers
Replacements: 16 Neil Clark, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Alex Brown, 19 Aly Muldowney, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Rob Coote, 22 Josh Tatupu, 23 Ian Whitten
Ospreys: 15 Ross Jones, 14 Tom Grabham, 13 Ben John, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Will Price, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 Morgan Allen, 7 Arthur Ellis, 6 Joe Bearman (c), 5 Sam Williams, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Owen Williams, 2 Matthew Dwyer, 1 Marc Thomas.
Replacements:16 Scott Otten, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Nicky Thomas, 19 Lloyd Peers, 20 James King, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Tom Isaacs
What they said...
Exeter Chiefs coach Ricky Pellow
"It's a great environment for guys young and old to go out and flourish. In terms of what we've said as a coaching staff to the players is, we want them to go out and attack the game. Whatever side is put in front of us - whether it's in the Premiership, Heineken Cup or the LV, we are going to attack them all in the same manner.
"As we know this is a great competition to get guys who have been on the fringes some much-needed game time, but the other positive is that it also breeds an environment for young guys to come through and play. We see it as a massive tool to help with the development of our squad going forward."
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