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Ospreys team to face Connacht

The Ospreys team to face Connacht at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 27th October, KO 2.30pm, is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Kahn Fotuali’i

 

1 Ryan Bevington

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Ian Evans

6 Joe Bearman

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Jonathan Thomas

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Matthew Dwyer

17 Duncan Jones

18 Joe Rees

19 James King

20 George Stowers

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Tom Isaacs

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Ryan Jones – Dead leg

Adam Jones - Knee

Scott Baldwin – Shoulder

Tom Smith - Groin

Tom Habberfield - Ankle

 

Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys, said:

“Connacht are a very dangerous team, Eric Elwood has taken what was already a tough, physical group and looked to expand their game. We know that we are going to have be well prepared, diligent and focused if we are going to get what we want out of this fixture, and it’ll need to be a real team effort on and off the field.

“It’s a traditional Saturday afternoon kick-off, allowing families to come out and support the cause, and we’re looking forward to it. This is the first game in a very important period of the season. We’ve got four PRO12 games over the next six weeks, three of them at home, plus a couple of LV games as well, and it’s where we’ll really see what depth we’ve got in the squad.

“I genuinely believe that it’s this time of the year where we’ve won some of our previous league titles, where boys have stepped in and stood up, many of them youngsters who’ve taken their chance and never looked back. You can list people like Hanno, Tips, Bevington, Beck, even go as far as people like Bishop, Alun Wyn and Ian Evans, they’ve all got their chance in the international break and never looked back. It’s an opportunity for players in the group and for supporters to see who is next on the block for us.

“With it being a half past two kick-off on Saturday we’ll hope for a healthy crowd and a good atmosphere that we can all enjoy.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 4 Nov – 16.00KO – Ospreys v Leinster – RaboDirect PRO12

Fri 9 Nov – 19.45KO – Ospreys v Gloucester – LV= Cup

Sat 17 Nov – 17.00KO – Exeter v Ospreys – LV= Cup

Fri 23 Nov – 19.05KO – Edinburgh v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

Fri 30 Nov – 19.05KO – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues – RaboDirect PRO12

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