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Another big weekend of Pro Rugby awaits in Wales with the Ospreys and Newport Gwent Dragons both kicking-off exciting Guinness PRO12 action at their home grounds this evening (Fri).

The Dragons will be looking for a pride restorer as they take on Edinburgh, who took the European quarter final spoils, in their final home game of the season at Rodney Parade (KO 7.35pm).

The Ospreys will be hoping it isn’t their last home game of the season as they battle top table Glasgow Warriors on Friday evening kick off at 7.35pm.

It will be a vocal crowd at a busy Liberty Stadium as supporters arrive in their thousands for the Ospreys big fixture against PRO12 high fliers Glasgow Warriors in the bid for both of the top four sides to win a much coveted home semi-final in the league competition.

The Ospreys are expecting a big crowd and this week announced that their PRO12 attendances are up again in 2014/15 season – showing the rewards for their hard work building awareness within their rugby community.

Last season saw a total of 87,292 pass through the turnstile at 11 PRO12 fixtures, working out at an average of 7,935 over the course of 2013/14. This time around the cumulative PRO12 attendance currently stands at 81,397 from 10 games to date, with a healthy crowd anticipated on Friday night that will take the total past last years figure, at an average of 8,139 per match so far.

The Ospreys team for the PRO12 game against Glasgow at the Liberty Stadium, on Friday 8th May 2015, KO 7.35pm, is as follows 15 Dan Evans; 14 Jeff Hassler; 13 Ben John; 12 Josh Matavesi; 11 Eli Walker; 10 Dan Biggar; 9 Rhys Webb; 1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin; 3 Aaron Jarvis; 4 Tyler Ardron; 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt); 6 James King; 7 Justin Tipuric; 8 Dan Baker

REPLACEMENTS 16 Sam Parry; 17 Marc Thomas; 18 Dmitri Arhip; 19 Rory Thornto; 20 Dan Lydiate; 21 Tom Habberfield; 22 Sam Davies; 23 Jonathan Spratt

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented: Were all really looking forward to this one, it should be a great contest and the kind of game that you want to be involved in as a player, coach, or supporter. Theres going to be a good crowd at the Liberty and they can play their part from first whistle to last.

This group is still maturing, still growing, but we have come a long way this season. Were really proud to be the only Welsh side confirmed for the Champions Cup and to be involved in the play-offs, but we know that there is a hell of a lot of work still to be done. The first challenge is a very good Glasgow side that has had the better of us recently, and if we are able to put in the required level of performance on Friday night then we could be going to Connacht targeting a potential home semi-final.”

 The Men of Gwent will look to turn the tables on Edinburgh after the Scottish side took away the win at Murrayfield during the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Versatile back Tom Prydie moves across to fullback as young guns Ashton Hewitt and Hallam Amos take on the roles of wingers. The centre pairing remains unchanged as Tyler Morgan and Jack Dixon retain their places in the starting XV. The half-backs are all change as Jason Tovey replaces Dorian Jones who moves to the bench, and Luc Jones will make his first Guinness PRO12 start as scrum-half.

The front row has one change made to it as hooker T. Rhys Thomas returns to the fold alongside props Phil Price and Brok Harris. There is one change to the second row as 23-year-old Cory Hill joins up with the experienced Rynard Landman. The back row has two changes made to it as flankers Nick Crosswell and Nic Cudd return to play alongside Dragons number 8 Taulupe Faletau.

The replacements bench is all change apart from Ollie Griffiths as he is joined by Hugh Gustafson, Lloyd Fairbrother, Dan Way, James Thomas, Richie Rees, Dorian Jones and Geraint Rhys Jones.

Looking back on last weekend clash against Scarlets, youngster Ashton Hewitt commented: “We created chances but didn’t execute with fumbles, inaccurate passes and kicks.

“We do cause damage and split teams but when it comes down to it we need to score the points.”

With this season close to wrapping up Hewitt is looking forward to pre-season and training this summer at Ystrad Mynach. He said: “I am looking forward to pre-season and getting stuck into next year’s games, hopefully making even more appearances. This season has been massive for me in the transition from the academy to the senior environment. It’s a big change and I have improved quite a lot in most aspects of my game and feel I’ve come on quite a bit.”

Dragons Team to face Edinburgh Tom Prydie, Ashton Hewitt, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Luc Jones; Phil Price, T. Rhys Thomas (c), Brok Harris, Cory Hill, Rynard Landman, Nick Crosswell, Nic Cudd, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Hugh Gustafson, Lloyd Fairbrother, Dan Way, James Thomas, Ollie Griffiths, Richie Rees, Dorian Jones, Geraint Rhys Jones.