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Ospreys team to play Clermont Auvergne

The Ospreys team to play Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin on Saturday 20th January 2018, 4.15pm KO (Local), is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Ashley Beck

12 Owen Watkin

11 Jeff Hassler

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb

 

1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Bradley Davies

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Rob McCusker

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Otten

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Maafu Fia

19 Adam Beard

20 Will Jones

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Sam Davies

23 Kieron Fonotia

 

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury

Cory Allen - Pectoral

Dan Baker Knee

Keelan Giles Knee

Paul James - Shoulder

Ben John HIA

James King Shoulder

Dan Lydiate - Bicep

Brian Mujati Shoulder

Sam Parry Ankle

Ifan Phillips - Shoulder

Rory Thornton Shoulder

Eli Walker Back

Kieran Williams Ankle

Tom Williams - Forearm

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: 

Its set up to be a huge game and a fantastic opportunity for the boys to go out and show what they are about on a big stage, against the French champions, at their place.

The European Cup provides any team with a real challenge and when you kick off the campaign all you can aim for is to be still involved in Round 6 and thats where we are at. Weve seen plenty of character and spirit throughout the pool stage but its been about more than just that, weve played with adventure, scored some great tries, and really taken the game to some very good teams. Our reward is going to Clermont with our destiny in our own hands. We know that weve got a real tough challenge in front of us but weve got to enjoy the experience.

This is what Champions Cup rugby is all about. Weve enjoyed the competition and we want to keep that going. Prep has been good this week, the attitude is spot on, now we need everyone to be on the money on Saturday. We are playing the French champions, regular Champions Cup finalists and they need the right result for qualification themselves. Its going to be a battle but therell be a fantastic atmosphere and we have to be up for it from the first whistle.

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 26 Jan 7.45pm KO Gloucester v Ospreys Kingsholm AW Cup

Fri 2 Feb 7.30pm KO Ospreys v Bath Liberty Stadium AW Cup

Fri 9 Feb 7.30pm KO Connacht v Ospreys Sportsground PRO14

16/17/18 Feb TBC Ospreys v Southern Kings Liberty Stadium PRO14

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