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Ospreys team to face Benetton Treviso

The Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso at the Liberty Stadium on Friday 12th October, KO 8.00pm, 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 Adam Jones

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Ian Evans

6 Ryan Jones

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Jonathan Thomas

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Matthew Dwyer

17 Duncan Jones

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 George Stowers

20 Sam Lewis

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Tom Isaacs

 

Richard Hibbard makes his 150th Ospreys appearance

Jonathan Thomas makes his 50th Heineken Cup appearance for the Ospreys

Ryan Bevington makes his first Heineken Cup start

If involved off the bench, Matthew Dwyer and Sam Lewis will make their Heineken Cup debuts

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Scott Baldwin - Shoulder

Joe Bearman - Knee

Tom Smith - Groin

James Goode – Groin

Tom Habberfield - Ankle

James King – Shoulder

 

Backs Coach Gruff Rees said:

“This time of the year is always an exciting period and that’s moreso than ever this year, with such a tough and challenging pool facing us. We’ve been drawn against the best team in Italy, France and England, there are six Heineken Cup titles in the pool and every match is going to be a real test.

“Treviso first up is a difficult one, we’ve seen for ourselves already, not just on the opening day of the season but also last year in the Heineken, how good a team they are. Leicester have also found it tough going against them in Europe and Toulouse will be well aware of how Biarritz fared against them last season, so we will be paying them the respect you would expect for such a good team.

“It’s crucial in Europe to get off to a good start, and crucial that you win your home games, so the importance of Friday night can’t be underestimated. As a group we’ll need to be at our best if we want to get the right reward, and we need the crowd to be there fighting every inch for the cause with the team.”

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 21 Oct – 15.00KO – Leicester Tigers v Ospreys – Heineken Cup

Sat 27 Oct – 14.30KO – Ospreys v Connacht – RaboDirect PRO12

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

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

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