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Ospreys team to play Munster

The Ospreys team to play Munster at Liberty Stadium on Saturday 18th February 2017, KO 5.15pm is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Keelan Giles

13 Kieron Fonotia

12 Ashley Beck

11 Hanno Dirksen

10 Sam Davies

9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)

 

1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Rhodri Jones

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Rory Thornton

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Sam Underhill

8 James King

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Sam Parry

17 Paul James

18 Daniel Suter

19 Tyler Ardron

20 Dan Baker

21 Brendon Leonard

22 Luke Price

23 Ben John

 

Ten players were unavailable for selection due to international duty with Wales senior, U20 and Sevens

 

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury: 

Dmitri Arhip Shoulder

Adam Beard - Elbow

Bradley Davies Knee

Maafu Fia Ankle

Tom Grabham Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Rowan Jenkins - Bicep

Dan Lydiate Knee

Josh Matavesi Shoulder

Rob McCusker Ankle

Scott Otten Knee

James Ratti - Shoulder

Eli Walker Back

Owen Watkin Knee

Click here for our handy guide to what's on at the Liberty on Saturday  

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

This is a big couple of weeks for us now, with home games against Munster and Glasgow over the next two weekends then a trip to Edinburgh before the PRO12 breaks again. If we want to put ourselves in the best possible place to push on for the play-offs in May then we have to perform in these games.

We know how difficult its going to be on Saturday. Munster have been on an incredible run and put themselves in the driving seat in the PRO12, while they delivered some really impressive performances and results in the Champions Cup against top teams. Theyll come here full of confidence in their ability to win this game.

Its going to be physical, itll be edgy, and a tense 80 minutes, but we know what weve got to do. Last weekend a young group stood up to the challenge in Italy and answered questions about their character and attitude when they went behind. This week its an entirely different kind of challenge. Weve got some boys coming back in, from injury and from the Wales squad, weve got to get them back into our way of working, then we have to front up for 80 minutes against a very good team.

This is the kind of game that you get excited about, top of the table, on a Saturday afternoon, and with the way the two teams are playing youd expect that to be reflected in the stadium with a passionate crowd getting behind the team.

Whats gone on before is irrelevant, out in Cork in November or the winning run both teams have been on. Its all about what happens at quarter past five on Saturday.

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 26 Feb 1.05pm Ospreys v Glasgow Liberty Stadium PRO12

Fri 3 Mar 7.35pm Edinburgh v Ospreys Myreside PRO12


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