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Ospreys team to play Munster

The Ospreys team to play Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday 2nd March, KO 18.30, is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Tom Habberfield

13 Jonathan Spratt

12 Ashley Beck

11 Tom Isaacs

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Kahn Fotuali’i

 

1 Duncan Jones

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Cai Griffiths

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Lloyd Peers

6 James King

7 Sam Lewis

8 Jonathan Thomas

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Matthew Dwyer

17 Marc Thomas

18 Dmitri Arhip

19 Ian Gough

20 Dan Baker

21 Arthur Ellis/Sam Davies

22 Rhys Webb

23 Tom Grabham

 

Sam Davies will make his PRO12 debut if he is used off the bench

 

Eight players were unavailable for selection because of international duty with Wales senior squad.

Joe Bearman and Ross Jones were unavailable for selection due to suspension

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Morgan Allen - Shoulder

Ben John – Ribs

Andrew Bishop – Back

Hanno Dirksen – Knee

Tom Smith – Groin

Joe Rees - Neck

Aaron Jarvis - Knee

 

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“It’s important that we put in a big performance on Saturday night. Having suffered two defeats on the road, Munster will be happy to be back at Thomond Park where they have an enviable record and will want to secure the win that will cut the gap between us going into the final five rounds.

“We know that we’re going to have to tough it out, it’s always a difficult place to play. We’ve got some reinforcements back from Wales and from injury, but we’ll need these boys to get straight back up to speed and be at their best. We know that Munster will have a passionate, noisy crowd getting behind them so we’ll have to be mentally right going there as well if we are going to get anything from the game.

“With four of the last six games away from home we understand the size of the task in front of us but we believe in ability of this squad to rise to the challenge. It’s not going to be easy but they’ve shown throughout the season that they won’t take a backward step and never know when they’re beaten. We’ll need to see that spirit in every game between now and the end of the season, they’ll need to give everything for the cause, and if we see that from them then we’ve got a real chance of reaching the last four once again.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 22 Mar – 19.05KO – Ospreys v NG Dragons – RaboDirect PRO12

Sat 30 Mar – 17.15KO – Cardiff Blues v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

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