The Ospreys Team To Face Cardiff Blues In The

By - | 21/03/2007

The Ospreys team to face Cardiff Blues in the EDF Energy Cup Semi Final, at the Millenium Stadium - Saturday 24th March, kick off at 5.15pm, will be as follows: -

The Ospreys team to face Cardiff Blues in the EDF Semi Final, at the Millenium Stadium - Saturday 24th March,  kick off at 5.15pm, will be as follows: - 15 Lee Byrne

14 Shane Williams

13 Sonny Parker

12 Andrew Bishop

11 Nikki Walker

10 James Hook

9 Justin Marshall

1 Duncan Jones (captain)

2 Huw Bennett

3 Adam Jones

4 Brent Cockbain

5 Alun Wyn-Jones

6 Ryan Jones

7 Jonathan Thomas

8 Filogia Tiatia

Replacements

16 Barry Williams

17 Paul James

18 Andrew Lloyd 19 Richard Pugh

20 Shaun Connor

21 Jason Spice

22 Stefan Terblanche 

Comment from Head Coach, Lyn Jones:

"This will be a well contested game between two evenly balanced sides. The Blues have proven quality and experience across the park, whereas we are a young team with undoubted potential. They have caused us problems in our last four fixtures and have shown themselves to be a well coached and organised outfit. If we are to be successful on Saturday the key will be to focus on our own game plan and to not allow them to dictate the structure of the match. They have strength throughout their side and you cannot highlight or target individuals when you come up against a side with quality in so many key areas."

"The EDF Energy Cup is a competition in only its second year and I am sure it will continue to develop year on year. I am confident it will cement its place as a permanent part of the season as any competition that gives us a chance to enjoy Anglo-Welsh fixtures is attractive to players, coaches and supporters. The game needs competitions like this and both sides of the border will benefit in the longer term."

Injury and squad availability news

Four players are unavailable for selection this week:

Gavin Henson knee ligament injury is progressing on schedule.

Ian Evans (shoulder), Lyndon Bateman (knee ligament) and David Bishop (knee) remain on track with their rehabilitation programmes and all are looking forward to taking a full part in pre-season training

Current remaining fixtures

Ospreys v Blues (EDF Energy Cup Semi Final) - Millennium Stadium - Saturday 24th March - kick off at 5.15pm

Ospreys v Munster (Magners League) - Liberty Stadium - Saturday 7th April - kick off at 5.30pm

Ospreys v Leinster (Magners League) - Liberty Stadium - Friday 27th April - kick off at 7.10pm

Glasgow v Ospreys (Magners League) - Hughenden - Weekend commencing Friday 4th May tbc

Border Reivers v Ospreys (Magners League) - Netherdale - Weekend commencing Friday 11th May tbc