European Challenge Cup – Pool Two
Venue: Stade Jean Bouin, Paris Date: Friday, 14 December Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales and the BBC Sport website

Ospreys are without all their current Wales internationals for the Process Cup trip.

While prop Nicky Smith is missing with an ankle Issue absentees include Luke Morgan, Alun Wyn Jones, George North, Scott Williams, Adam Beard, Aled Davies, Owen Watkin and Justin Tipuric.

While James Hook upward lines at fly-half flanker Olly Cracknell leads Ospreys.

The hosts are mourning the passing of youth player Nicolas Chauvan, who had been hurt in a match last Sunday.

Each day earlier, Ospreys beat Stade heavily in Liberty Stadium to put them high in Pool 2 on 11 points, two in front of Worcester and three above Pau, with the Parisians bottom using a single point from the three rounds so far.

Loose-head Smith, the first-choice in November of Wales, injured his arm in which triumph.

Smith is also very likely to overlook both Christmas derbies against Scarlets on 22 Dragons and December on 30 December.

“It’s a massive blow because he’s been playing with some terrific rugby for us, not only for us for Wales, he’s an excellent player and he’s definitely going to be overlooked,” explained Davis.

Hook adds expertise

Ospreys’ starting XV that is much-changed still includes 10 Wales internationals.

“There is a few alterations but we’ll still require a solid team out there, though we expect a backlash out of their website after shipping 50 points,” explained Wales usefulness straight back Hook, that has been relied on because of his experience within an much-changed squad.

“I am savouring every chance I get at the present time , I played quite a bit when I had been with Perpignan also it’s really a wonderful chance for us to express ourselves.

“It’s a scene that looks like a bird’s nest, it’s very different from the outside, but like many French clubs it’ll be loud inside and a chance for the boys to see something different.”

Defence trainer Davis has said there’s”no truth” in reports linking him with no role at fighting Leicester Tigers, although he has gone out of contract with Ospreys at the end of 2018 19.

Stade Francais: TBC

Ospreys: Dan Evans; Hanno Dirksen, Johnny Kotze, Cory Allen, Keelan Giles; James Hook, Tom Habberfield; Rhodri Jones, Scott Baldwin, Tom Botha, Lloyd Ashley, James King, Olly Cracknell (capt), Sam Cross, Rob McCusker

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)

Assistant referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Dave Sutherland (Scotland)


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