The Ospreys squad to face Leicester Tigers in the Shane Williams Testimonial match on Saturday 23rd August at The Liberty Stadium, kick off at 3.00pm, will be as follows:-
Lee Byrne, Gareth Owen, Kristian Phillips, Nikki Walker, Shane Williams, Leigh Bevan, David Bishop, Andrew Bishop, Sonny Parker, Tommy Bowe, Ashley Beck, Daniel Biggar, James Hook, Rhys Webb, Rhodri Wells
Paul James, Ed Shervington, Cai Griffiths, Duncan Jones, Marc Breeze, Craig Mitchell, Alun-Wyn Jones, Ian Gough, Ian Evans, Andrew Lloyd, Jonathan Thomas, Marty Holah, Tom Smith, Steve Tandy, Ryan Jones, Filo Tiatia
Injury and squad availability news
The following players are not available for selection due to injury:
Coach Sean Holley commented:
"After all the hard work on the training pitch over the last few months, we're all looking forward to Saturday and getting back into some competitive rugby action. There's been a great atmosphere amongst the squad in training this pre season. With some change in terms of coaching personnel and our playing environment, there has been the potential for distraction, but both Jonathan and I are delighted with the way that the players have responded.
Their attitudes have been spot on and they've really bought into what we have been trying to do, which as coaches is great to see. We are looking to build a culture within the organisation based on trust and honesty, core values any successful sporting team are built on, and if we can take those characteristics onto the field on a match day, we'll be a long way towards achieving our goals.
As well as being our first game of the season and an important step towards the start of the Magners League campaign in two weeks, it is also a special occasions for Shane Williams. I think it is fair to say that Shane as a player is very much a one-off, he's an entertainer and a crowd pleaser, the sort of player that you love having on your side and hate coming up against. His career statistics speak for themselves, and as the all time leading try scorer for the Ospreys and for Wales, he has certainly earned the right to a testimonial and the right to be called a true Welsh great. To mark his testimonial, we are facing a side who we have built up quite a rivalry with in our short history, and who we face twice in this year's Heineken Cup, so it's sure to be an interesting fixture with both sides looking to take something away from ahead of the new season."
Forthcoming fixtures are as follows:
Saturday 30th August - Ospreys V Premiership Select XV - Maesteg RFC - 4.00pm
Friday 5th September - Connacht V Ospreys - The Sports Ground - 6.30pm
Tuesday 9th September - Ospreys V Cardiff Blues - Liberty Stadium - 7.35pm
Friday 12th September - Glasgow V Ospreys - Firhill - 7.30pm
Friday 19th September - Leinster V Ospreys - Royal Dublin Society - 7.35pm
Saturday 27th September - Ospreys V Ulster - Liberty Stadium - 5.30pm