Leicester Tigers flanker Tommy Reffell, who helped his club reach the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals last season, will make his Wales debut in Saturday’s opening Test against South Africa in Pretoria.
The 23-year-old featured in all seven of Leicester’s games as they made it to the last eight and was also a key part of their triumphant Gallagher Premiership campaign.
Ospreys, who were drawn against Leicester and TOP 14 champions Montpellier Hérault Rugby in Tuesday’s pool draw, have four representatives in the side – lock Adam Beard, flanker Dan Lydiate, prop Gareth Thomas and outside centre George North.
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Two other starting players whose clubs are involved in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup are Northampton Saints fly-half Dan Biggar, who will earn his 100th cap, and Saracens centre Nick Tompkins.
Meanwhile, ten of South Africa’s XV are at clubs competing in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup, with eight of those representing Sharks and Stormers, who have joined the competition along with Bulls.
The Sharks men in the line-up are centre Lukhanyo Am, wing Makazole Mapimpi, flanker Siya Kolisi, hooker Bongi Mbonambi, prop Ox Nché and lock Eben Etzebeth, who left RC Toulon at the end of last season.
Full-back Damian Willemse and prop Frans Malherbe are both of Stormers, while Leicester’s Jasper Wiese is at No.8 and Munster Rugby’s Damian de Allende is at inside centre.