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Ospreys team to face Munster

By Ospreys Rugby | 28/09/2012

The Ospreys team to play Munster at Liberty Stadium on Saturday 29th September, KO 6.30pm, is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Tom Isaacs

10 Dan Biggar

9 Kahn Fotuali’i

 

1 Ryan Bevington

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Ian Evans

6 Ryan Jones

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Joe Bearman

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Baldwin

17 Duncan Jones

18 Adam Jones

19 Jonathan Thomas

20 George Stowers

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Ross Jones

 

Richard Hibbard makes his 100th league appearance for the Ospreys

Ryan Bevington makes his 50th league appearance for the Ospreys

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Eli Walker – Shoulder

James Goode – Groin

Tom Habberfield - Ankle

James King – Shoulder

Tom Grabham – Bruised ribs

 

Backs Coach, Gruff Rees said:

“We were delighted with the win last Friday but that’s forgotten about now, we’ve had to put that one to bed and move on. There’s still a lot of work to be done, it was a better performance against the Scarlets but there’s still a lot of room for improvement needed.

“We’ve said all along that these opening weeks of the season would see us looking at the wider squad, giving people a chance, and despite some disappointing results we believe it’s been the right thing to do as we’ve learned a lot about the group moving forward.

“What you’ll see from selection now though is a far more settled group starting to come together as we move into what is a crucial month of the season. We’ve got some big games coming up, starting this weekend, and we need big performances to match.

“Munster have shown in the early weeks that once again they will be up there with the contenders. As always they are a big strong, with a powerful pack, but they’ve also developed some real cutting edge behind which makes them even more dangerous.

“Ospreys v Munster is a great contest and sums up what’s best about the PRO12. We’ve had some great occasions here for this fixture, none more than last season where we had a big crowd and fantastic support. We need more of the same on Saturday.”

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 5 Oct – 19.05 KO – Zebre v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12

Fri 12 Oct – 20.00KO – Ospreys v Benetton Treviso – Heineken Cup

Sun 21 Oct – 15.00KO – Leicester Tigers v Ospreys – Heineken Cup

Sat 27 Oct – 14.30KO – Ospreys v Connacht – RaboDirect PRO12

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