The highly-fancied Ospreys will hope to get off to a flyer when they take on French outfit Bourgoin at the Liberty Stadium.

Lyn Jones’ star-studded side take part in the Heineken Cup for the fifth season running and the Welsh region firmly believe this is their best chance of reaching the latter stages after previous disappointments.

French side Stade Francais proved the Ospreys nemesis last season as they narrowly lost out on a quarter-final spot after a 22-22 home draw and defeat in Paris.

But Bourgoin, with Wales lock Chris Wyatt in their ranks, have never won on Welsh soil in the competition and their away form is not pretty having failed to win on their travels in the last 14 attempts.

Ospreys fly-half James Hook requires three points for 50 in the Heineken Cup and will expect opportunities to come his way in this match.