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Ospreys team to play Northampton Saints

The Ospreys team to play Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday 9th December 2017, KO 5.30pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Kieron Fonotia

12 Owen Watkin

11 Jeff Hassler

10 Sam Davies

9 Tom Habberfield

 

1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Bradley Davies

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Dan Lydiate

7 Olly Cracknell

8 James King

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Otten

17 Rowan Jenkins

18 Maafu Fia

19 Adam Beard

20 Rob McCusker

21 Reuben Morgan-Williams

22 James Hook

23 Ben John

 

Dan Evans makes his 100th Ospreys appearance

Olly Cracknell makes his 50th Ospreys appearance

 

Rowan Jenkins and Reuben Morgan-Williams will make their Champions Cup debuts if they come off the bench

 

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury 

Cory Allen Knee

Dan Baker Knee

Ashley Beck Groin

Dan Biggar HIA

Sam Cross - Ribs

Keelan Giles Knee

Dafydd Howells - Shoulder

Paul James Calf

Brian Mujati Shoulder

Sam Parry Ankle

Gareth Thomas Calf

Rory Thornton Shoulder

Justin Tipuric - Thigh

Eli Walker Back

Rhys Webb - Knee

Kieran Williams Ankle

Tom Williams - Forearm

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

The back-to-back games are always a key part of the season and can have a big say in how the European pools play out. We produced two excellent performances in the first two rounds, home to Clermont and away to Saracens and deserved more out of the games than the three match points we collected.

With those two playing and taking points off each other over the next couple of weeks it does leave the door ajar for us or the Saints to put ourselves into the mix. If we are going to take that opportunity weve got to exceed the standard we set in those first two rounds and make sure we finish the job off this time.

We know it will be tough and that Northampton will be looking to knock us over but thats the challenge and we have to be up for it. Franklins Gardens is a tough place to go and Northampton have a squad packed with talent, and with a point to prove at the moment. It should be a cracking contest and our aim will be to ensure we go into Round 4 at the Liberty the following weekend very much alive in this pool.

  

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 17 Dec 3.15pm KO Ospreys v Northampton Saints Liberty Stadium ERCC

Tues 26 Dec 5.35pm KO Scarlets v Ospreys Parc y Scarlets PRO14

Sun 31 Dec 5.35pm KO Dragons v Ospreys Rodney Parade PRO14

Sat 6 Jan 3.15pm KO Ospreys v Cardiff Blues Liberty Stadium PRO14

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December 09th - 5:30PM

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