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Ospreys take on European champions Leinster in PRO12 final

The Ospreys will have to be at the top of their game to win in Dublin on Sunday Photo: ITV News Wales

The Ospreys hope to claim a triumphant end to a turbulent season in the RaboDirect PRO12 final. The Welsh side will have to get past newly-crowned Heineken Cup champions Leinster, who play in their third successive PRO12 showpiece.

The Irish side will be playing at home on Sunday afternoon, but the RBS Showground in Dublin also holds fond recent memories for the Ospreys. They came from behind to claim a dramatic 23-22 victory in March, and go into the game on the back of a thrilling 45-10 play-off semi-final win over Munster.

It's a huge game, a massive occasion for Ospreys Rugby, and everybody is really excited. Leinster are a great team. What they've achieved in Europe over the last four years speaks for itself. The key thing for us is our own performance. We need to prepare properly, be thorough, and make sure we are accurate in everything we do. We have to be clinical. If we focus on our own game and the areas that we can control, then we'll be able to compete and we'll be in the game. We have to be clinical.

– Steve Tandy, Ospreys Head Coach

Leinster can secure a rare European and domestic double, with victory. They play the game on their own patch as a reward for finishing the regular season in top spot. Their backline is unchanged from last weekend's rampant 42-14 Heineken Cup final victory over Ulster, which confirmed them as European rugby's top side for the third time in four years. Flanker Sean O'Brien is missing from the pack, but lock Leo Cullen leads a side containing 13 Ireland internationals.

The Ospreys won the PRO12 two years ago, but have undergone enormous changes since then, losing a raft of senior Welsh internationals, and replacing them largely with young, unproven talent. Steve Tandy took over the coaching reins in February, after the early departure of Scott Johnson and Sean Holley.

Shane Williams will look to end his long Ospreys career on a high Credit: ITV News Wales

Veteran winger Shane Williams makes his final club appearance before retirement. Captain Alun Wyn Jones is one of 11 Ospreys starters who are in Wales' training squad for next week's game against the Barbarians and three Tests in Australia.

Ospreys: R Fussell, H Dirksen, A Bishop, A Beck, S Williams, D Biggar, R Webb; P James, R Hibbard, A Jones, AW Jones (c), R Jones, J Tipuric, J Bearman.

Replacements: S Baldwin, R Bevington, A Jarvis, J King, T Smith, K Fotuali'i, M Morgan, T Isaacs.

Leinster: R Kearney, F McFadden, B O'Driscoll, G D'Arcy, I Nacewa, J Sexton, E Reddan; H vd Merwe, S Cronin, M Ross, L Cullen (c), D Toner, K McLaughlin, S Jennings, J Heaslip.

Replacements: R Strauss, C Healy / J McGrath, N White, B Thorn, D Ryan, J Cooney, I Madigan, D Kearney.

Thousands of young fans came to see the Ospreys' open training session Credit: ITV News Wales

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