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Ospreys team to face Leicester Tigers

The Ospreys team to face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sunday 21st October, KO 3.00pm, 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 Joe Bearman

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Tom Isaacs

 

Matthew Dwyer will make his Heineken Cup debut if he comes off the bench

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Scott Baldwin – Shoulder

Tom Smith - Groin

Tom Habberfield - Ankle

James King – Shoulder

 

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“We had a decent start to the Heineken Cup with a win against Treviso last week. We won’t be getting carried away with ourselves as we realise that while there was plenty to be pleased with about the performance there was a lot that wasn’t. We will need to lift our game considerably this weekend if we want to achieve anything up at Leicester, and we can’t afford to slip off our game for large periods like we did last weekend or we will pay the price. Leicester won’t give us any second chance.

“Going to somewhere like Welford Road is a huge challenge but it’s the kind of fixture that will get anyone excited, be they a coach, player or supporter. It’s a fantastic venue and we’re up against one of the giants of European rugby at a packed house, you’ve got to be looking forward to it. It’s a fixture that has grown into our short history to become something of a rivalry, along with games against the likes of Munster and Leinster, and it’s going to be intense, tight, and no doubt there’ll be very little between two physical teams.

“We’ll go to Leicester with confidence and belief, and with nothing but respect for the opposition. All week the preparation has been about controlling what we do, making sure everybody knows their roles, the calls and moves, and that we are accurate in everything we do, paying attention to detail. If we get that right, anything can happen.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

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

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

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