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Ospreys team to face Connacht

By Ospreys Rugby | 25/02/2011

The Ospreys team to play Connacht on Sunday 27th February 2011 at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 2.30pm, will be as follows:

 

 

15 Richard Fussell

14 Tom Prydie

13 Sonny Parker

12 Ashley Beck

11 Hanno Dirksen

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb

 

1 Duncan Jones

2 Huw Bennett

3 Cai Griffiths

4 Ian Gough

5 Ian Evans

6 Tom Smith

7 Justin Tipuric (Capt)

8 Jerry Collins

 

Replacements

16 Mefin Davies

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Craig Cross

19 Andy Lloyd

20 James King

21 Tom Isaacs

22 Dai Flanagan

23 Andrew Bishop

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Spratt – ACL

Conor McInerney – Knee

Adam Jones – Elbow

Barry Davies – Groin

Marty Holah – Ribs

James Goode – Ankle

Gareth Owen – Knee

Morgan Allen – Ankle

Eli Walker - Shoulder

 

16 players were unavailable on international duty

 

Ospreys Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson, said:

“Connacht have always been a tough nut to crack, and that’ll definitely be the case this weekend. They don’t get too many distractions from internationals, and they’ve definitely evolved their game this season. They are playing an attacking game which is getting them rewards on the pitch. Just look at their recent results.

“It should be a great game of footy, we’ve been performing well ourselves with the current squad of players coming on well over the last month. I think we’ll need to lift it another level again come Sunday, but it’s going to be a really good test for these youngsters and we’re really looking forward to it.

“It’s a really exciting couple of months for the Ospreys. We are trying to build something special here and the kids that most people are seeing for the first time have a big part to play in that, and in our future. What we’ve seen from over the last month has been very encouraging. They’ve shown desire, commitment, integrity, diligence and a great work ethic, as well as a desire to do the right thing for the team, which bodes well for the future. It’s very pleasing. I’d hope that the supporters can recognise this, really identify with what these kids are doing and get behind them.

“It’s important that they continue progressing, and this team has got an opportunity over the next two weekends to really cement the Ospreys place in the top four.”

 

Forthcoming fixtures

Sat 5 Mar – Ospreys V Glasgow – Liberty Stadium – Magners League – 5.30pm

Sat 26 Mar – Edinburgh V Ospreys – Murrayfield – Magners League – 6.30pm

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