Johnson: Blues are the new 'Galacticos'
December 29, 2011
Scott Johnson will take up a post with Scotland at the end of the season © Getty Images
Ospreys boss Scott Johnson has started the mind games ahead of their clash with the Cardiff Blues on New Year's Day.
Johnson - who will leave the region at the end of the season to take up a post with Scotland - has cheekily labeled the Blues the "Galacticos" while referring to his own group of players as the "minnows". The Ospreys have overseen huge change in the past year with the likes of James Hook, Lee Byrne and Mike Phillips all departing from the Liberty Stadium but still boast Tommy Bowe and Shane Williams in their ranks.
The Blues can call upon Wales captain Sam Warburton, Jamie Roberts and Gethin Jenkins - alongside Gavin Henson - and Johnson claims he is looking forward to welcoming the stellar names to the Liberty Stadium.
"The galacticos will be formidable with their international stars," said Johnson. "It will be interesting for us, the little minnows to play against the superstars.
"We'll quite enjoy the landing of the galacticos at the Liberty Stadium and we'll see if the minnows can do something. With all their superstars they can provide any threat right across the park.
"They are very strong whether they bring in their A-class players or their AA-class players -- it'll be interesting to see which team comes down. If they bring their AAA-class players they will be a pretty good team. They should come down pretty loaded but we'll be ready, willing and able."
And Johnson also praised the returning Henson. "The sooner we start talking about Gav as a rugby player the better it is," said Johnson. "I've said that from day one.
"It will be good to see Gavin back as he is a wonderful, wonderful rugby player at his best. He is a talented kid and will be a formidable opponent. It's just great that we are talking about rugby with Gavin.
"The Welsh public need that and I would much rather talk to you about Gavin as a rugby player than anything else. I think it's great for the sport and we'll look forward to playing against him."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
ESPN looks at the forthcoming season of the Guinness PRO12 and assesses how each of the 12 teams will do
"Like the Treaty of Versailles, despite all the promises, the new Participation Agreement is certainly not the final solution." John Taylor writes
"We know where we are going and we know where we want to get but how long that will take is anybody's guess." David Humphreys on his plans for Gloucester
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch