WRU Have Put Us 'In Disarray' - Scott; WRU Fitness Testing Has Thrown Our Plans into Disarray, Claims Ospreys' Johnson

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WRU Have Put Us 'In Disarray' - Scott; WRU Fitness Testing Has Thrown Our Plans into Disarray, Claims Ospreys' Johnson


Byline: SIMON THOMAS

SCOTT JOHNSON has waded into the new club versus country row to rock Welsh rugby by declaring that Wales' controversial fitness testing day has thrown the Ospreys' plans into disarray.

The Liberty Stadium boss lent his voice on the subject after the war of words on the matter between Wales and the Dragons over Dan Lydiate.

The unhappy Gwent region claimed their star flanker returned from Monday's WRU testing session with a neck rproblem which ruled him out of last night's Magners League meeting with Connacht.

Johnson joined the debate by saying he has had to change his selection plans for tonight's Magners clash with Leinster because of the Wales testing day. He has chosen to rest Wales stars Mike Phillips, Alun Wyn Jones, Adam Jones, Andrew Bishop, Paul James and Richard Hibbard, while James Hook and Jonathan Thomas are restricted to spots as replacements.

"The testing has thrown our put through rigorous physical exercises on Monday. But former Wales coach Johnson explained how the fitness testing had impacted upon the Ospreys' preparations for the Leinster clash. "While people might say the players didn't do a lot of testing, they were away for six hours and on their feet," said the forthright Aussie. "That was probably a day that those players would have had off. So how much time do you give them out of training? "It's not easy and we're affected more than most. "A lot of people think players can do more than they can. Our planning into disarray a bit," said Ospreys director of rugby Johnson. "We had a plan, but the plan's been thrown away a bit because of our obligations with the WRU's testing, which has affected us. …

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