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Wales' Dewi Lake poised for position switch to save injury-hit Ospreys

By Josh Raisey
Dewi Lake of Wales looks on during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Quarter Final match between Wales and Argentina at Stade Velodrome on October 14, 2023 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Wales co-captain Dewi Lake is set to switch from his usual position of hooker to openside flanker for the first time since age-grade rugby to help his injury-hit Ospreys side.

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With the 24-year-old’s fellow Wales co-captain Jac Morgan out of action for the coming weeks alongside Justin Tipuric and Harri Deaves, he will make the move from the front to the back row when the Ospreys host Perpignan in the Challenge Cup tomorrow at Swansea.com Stadium. Fellow Wales international Sam Parry will hold onto the No2 jersey, having started there in the Ospreys’ last outing against Cardiff on New Year’s Day in the United Rugby Championship.

Lake will form a back row alongside James Ratti at blindside flanker and rising star of Welsh rugby Morgan Morse at No8 as the Ospreys seek to boost their chances of making the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup ahead of a tricky fixture to take on the Lions next week in Johannesburg.

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This may provide food for thought for Wales head coach Warren Gatland ahead of the Six Nations, although Wales are well stocked in back row options despite their current absentees.

Ospreys XV
15. Iestyn Hopkins
14. Mat Protheroe
13. George North
12. Owen Watkin
11. Keelan Giles
10. Dan Edwards
9. Luke Davies
1. Gareth Thomas
2. Sam Parry
3. Tom Botha
4. James Fender
5. Adam Beard ©
6. James Ratti
7. Dewi Lake
8. Morgan Morse

Replacements
16. Ethan Lewis
17. Garyn Phillips
18. Ben Warren
19. Lewis Jones
20. Will Hickey
21. Cameron Jones
22. Jack Walsh
23. Keiran Williams

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