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Ospreys team to face Edinburgh

Tandy names team to face Edinburgh on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium

 

The Ospreys team to play Edinburgh at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 21st  September, KO 6.30pm, is as follows:

 

15 Richard Fussell

14 Jeff Hassler

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Tito Tebaldi

 

1 Duncan Jones

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Ian Evans

6 Tom Smith

7 Sam Lewis

8 Morgan Allen

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Baldwin

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Joe Rees

19 Tyler Ardron

20 Justin Tipuric

21 Tom Grabham

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Aisea Natoga

 

Jeff Hassler makes his first Ospreys start

Aisea Natoga will make his Ospreys debut if he comes off the bench

 

Head Coach Steve Tandy said:

“It’s great to be back at the Liberty this weekend, we’re all looking forward to being home again after two tough games at the road. Treviso and Leinster are among the two most difficult places to go in the PRO12 so to have come through a tough start to the season unbeaten, with six points and two positive performances, is a pleasing start.

“Over the next few weeks we need to kick on and raise a higher level again. We’ve got a few work-on’s from last weekend, some areas of the performance that need to improve, but it’s been a good few days in training preparing for the game and there’s a real buzz about the place.

“Some of the younger boys who have been involved over the last few weeks deserve a pat on the back for the job they’ve done. They’ve set the standard and helped to ensure that we’re in a much better position than we were this time last season.

“We’ve got the five Lions boys back in the team this weekend, which will naturally give everybody a boost. They’ve been fantastic since reporting back for duty and it’s good to be able to have them all available for selection. I’m sure that the fans will be looking forward to welcoming them home on Saturday and looking forward to seeing them back in the black shirt, representing the cause with the passion and commitment we’ve come to expect from the boys.”

 

The following players were unavailable for selection through injury:

Dmitri Arhip – Achilles

Hanno Dirksen – Knee

Tom Habberfield – Ankle

Dafydd Howells - Shoulder

Ryan Jones - Shoulder

Rhys Webb - Knee

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 28 Sep 17:00 KO – Connacht v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

Fri 04 Oct 19:05 KO – Ospreys v Ulster– RaboDirect PRO12

Sat 12 Oct 18.00 KO – Ospreys v Leinster – Heineken Cup

Sun 20 Oct 12.45 KO – Northampton Saints v Ospreys – Heineken Cup

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