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Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso.

The Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso at Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Sunday 20th January, KO 16.00 (Local), is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Tom Grabham

13 Tom Isaacs

12 Andrew Bishop

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Kahn Fotuali’i (Capt)

 

1 Duncan Jones

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Adam Jones

4 Lloyd Peers

5 James King

6 Jonathan Thomas

7 Sam Lewis

8 Joe Bearman

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Matthew Dwyer

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Campbell Johnstone

19 Ian Gough

20 George Stowers

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Jonathan Spratt

 

Tom Grabham makes his Heineken Cup debut

Lloyd Peers and Sam Lewis make their first Heineken Cup starts

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Ryan Jones – Thumb

Richard Hibbard – Shoulder

Ross Jones - Ankle

Tom Habberfield - Shoulder

Ashley Beck - Ankle

Alun Wyn Jones – Shoulder

Hanno Dirksen – Knee

Joe Rees – Neck

Tom Smith – Groin

Aaron Jarvis – Knee

Ian Evans – Knee

 

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“We know that we’re in for a tough afternoon on Sunday. Treviso are extremely physical, extremely tough, and they will want to finish on a high after games against Leicester and Toulouse where they’ve done really well but ended up with nothing.

“We know for ourselves what a dangerous team they are, especially at home, so we are well aware that we will need to be focused and on top of our game if we are going to get the kind of performance that is needed to win there.

“Although it’s disappointing to be out of contention before the final round of fixtures, there’s no talk here of dead rubbers or anything like that. We have a group of players here who want to perform in every game, who play for the cause and for the shirt, so they will be going out there determined to put in a positive performance and we’re are looking forward to it.

“It’s been a tough pool. We always knew it would be, up against some outstanding teams, but we’ve extremely competitive and stood toe-to-toe with the likes of Leicester and Toulouse. This is a young group with so many players experiencing their first games at this level, and they will benefit from this season. We need to ensure that they keep working hard, they remain determined to improve and be the best they can, and they retain that desire and passion that has stood them in such good stead this season.

“If we can do that, then we can look to the future with real positivity.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 26 Jan – 18.30KO – Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys – LV= Cup

Sun 3 Feb – 17.00KO – Ospreys v Harlequins – LV= Cup

Fri 8 Feb – 19.05 KO – Ulster v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

Fri 15 Feb – 19.45 KO – Connacht v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

Fri 22 Feb – 20.10KO – Ospreys v Edinburgh- RaboDirect PRO12

Sat 2 Mar – 18.30 KO – Munster v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

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