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Ospreys team to play Toulouse

The Ospreys team to play Toulouse at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 15th December, KO 13.35 is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Ross Jones

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Kahn Fotuali’i (Capt)

 

1 Ryan Bevington

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Campbell Johnstone

4 Ian Gough

5 James King

6 Ryan Jones

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Joe Bearman

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Baldwin

17 Duncan Jones

18 Adam Jones

19 Lloyd Peers

20 George Stowers

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Tom Isaacs

 

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Alun Wyn Jones – Shoulder

Hanno Dirksen – Knee

Joe Rees – Neck

Jonathan Thomas - Groin

Tom Smith – Groin

Aaron Jarvis – Knee

Owen Williams - Hamstring

Ian Evans – Knee

Tom Grabham - Hip

 

Backs Coach, Gruff Rees, said:

“With our next two Heineken Cup fixtures both at home here at the Liberty, it gives us a great opportunity to really put ourselves back in the mix. There’s everything still to play for in the pool, and we know that if we can get the performance levels right in these games against Toulouse and then Leicester next month, then anything can happen and we could be going into the final round of fixtures with qualification hopes very much still alive.

“Last weekend we saw a glimpse of the Ospreys future with so many youngsters involved out in France, and we can be really proud of the true Ospreys spirit that they displayed in the toughest of circumstances. However, pride on its own isn’t enough and we all know that we need to back it up this week in front of our own supporters.

“We saw last week what a difference the crowd can make and we are hoping for something similar on Saturday. Our fans were brilliant in Toulouse, making themselves heard amongst a very vocal home crowd who really backed their team when they needed them. Now we are back at the Liberty we’ll want the same from our fans, who can play their part. Obviously we need to play the game in the right areas, manage territory and possession, and give them something to get excited about, but it’s a team effort and if they are supporting the cause the team can feed off them.

“It’s going to be a massive occasion and we want to show what the Ospreys are all about, on and off the field.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

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

Mon 31 Dec – 16.15KO – Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

Fri 4 Jan – 19.05KO – Ospreys v Zebre – RaboDirect PRO12

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