Ospreys team to play Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

22 Sep 2016


News, Ospreys
Alun Wyn Jones

The Ospreys team to play Leinster at the RDS on Friday 23rd September, 2016, KO 7.35 pm, is as follows:


15 Sam Davies
14 Jeff Hassler
13 Ashley Beck
12 Josh Matavesi
11 Ben John
10 Dan Biggar
9 Rhys Webb

1 Paul James
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Dmitri Arhip
4 Lloyd Ashley
5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)
6 James King
7 Justin Tipuric
8 Tyler Ardron


16 Sam Parry
17 Nicky Smith
18 Ma’afu Fia
19 Bradley Davies
20 Dan Baker
21 Tom Habberfield
22 Dafydd Howells
23 Dan Evans

Alun Wyn Jones makes his 200th Ospreys appearance
Jeff Hassler makes his 50th Ospreys appearance

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Hanno Dirksen – Knee
Dan Lydiate – Shoulder
Sam Underhill – Shoulder
Owen Watkin – Knee
Eli Walker was unavailable for selection to be with his partner who is due to give birth

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

“There’s no bigger challenge in the PRO12 than going to the RDS to face a fully loaded Leinster team so we know we’re in for a tough evening. We’ve made a positive start to the season but we know it doesn’t count for anything at this point. We have to go up a few levels now with Ulster away and then the Blues at the Liberty coming up after this weekend. We’ll definitely have a better grasp of where we are at in a few weeks time.

“What’s been particularly pleasing over the last few weeks has been how the players have transferred what they’ve been working on during the week into the 80 minutes on matchday. They know what is required of them, what they are expected to do, and they’ve been relentless in each of the three games so far. The attention to detail has largely been there and that’s reflected on the scoreboard.

“It’s not been perfect, there are ‘work ons’ that have kept us grounded, but we know we are heading in the right direction. Friday is going to be our toughest test yet, against a side that we’ve enjoyed some memorable battles with, and we are really looking forward to it. Our focus will be on our performance, the areas that we can control. If we do what we have to do, performance follows.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 1 Oct – 5.30pm KO – Ulster v Ospreys – Kingspan Stadium – PRO12
Fri 7 Oct – 7.35pm KO – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues – Liberty Stadium – PRO12
Fri 14 Oct – 7.05pm KO – Ospreys v Newcastle Falcons – Liberty Stadium – Challenge Cup
Sat 22 Oct – 7.45pm (UK) – Lyon v Ospreys – Matmut Stadium – Challenge Cup


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