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Ospreys team to face Leinster

The Ospreys team to face Leinster at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday 4th November, KO 16.00, is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Tom Isaacs

12 Andrew Bishop

11 Eli Walker

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Rhys Webb

 

1 Duncan Jones

2 Matthew Dwyer

3 Joe Rees

4 Lloyd Peers

5 Jonathan Thomas (Capt)

6 George Stowers

7 Sam Lewis

8 Joe Bearman

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Arthur Ellis

17 Marc Thomas

18 Daniel Suter

19 James King

20 Morgan Allen

21 Kahn Fotuali’i

22 Jonathan Spratt

23 Ross Jones

 

Matthew Dwyer makes his first Ospreys start

Lloyd Peers makes his first RaboDirect PRO12 start

Arthur Ellis, Marc Thomas and Daniel Suter will all make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench

 

Nine players are away on international duty

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Adam Jones – Knee

Scott Baldwin – Shoulder

Tom Smith - Groin

Tom Habberfield – Ankle

Ian Gough has been unavailable to play whilst undergoing tests and treatment for an ongoing medical problem.  The latest discussion with specialists has been positive and suggests Ian could potentially be available to play again in the next few weeks, pending further tests and consultation next week.

 

Backs Coach, Gruff Rees, said:

“November is going to be a big month for us, as is always the case. With international players away, it’s always a challenge, and a great opportunity for some of our younger players to stand up and show what they are capable of.

“As someone who has done a lot of work with the younger players in my previous time with the Ospreys, I’m looking forward to the games this month. With two LV= Cup games to follow then two more PRO12 matches, it’s a crucial time of the season and it’s important that the work we’ve done in preparing for this period bears fruit.

“Last season’s title success was driven by the core group of players who were around in the international periods, who got that great six game winning start to the season to put us in a great position, beat a full strength Munster in November and kept things going in February. We need these players to step up to the mark in the same way.

“It’s a great opportunity for guys coming in and show that they are good enough to be Ospreys. It’s at times like this that players such as Justin Tipuric, Ryan Bevington and Ashley Beck have excelled in recent seasons and they’ve used it to kick on and establish themselves with both their region and their country. We’ll be expecting some of the players involved this month to have a similar impact so it’s exciting as coaches and players, and I’d expect our supporters to feel the same.

“We know that Leinster may have an unfamiliar look to their team this weekend but we also know that as European champions they have real strength in depth and whatever players wear their shirt we will be in for a real test. As with any match, our preparation is all about focusing on our own game and ensuring that we are ready, are precise and accurate in what we do, and we know that if we get that right, we should get the kind of performance we want.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

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

Sat 8 Dec – 14.35KO – Toulouse v Ospreys – Heineken Cup

Sat 15 Dec – 13.35KO – Ospreys v Toulouse – Heineken Cup

Wed 26 Dec – 17.30KO – Ospreys v Scarlets – RaboDirect PRO12

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