Destination San Sebastian

The Ospreys head off to the Basque region of Northern Spain this weekend, backed by a travelling army of more than 1,000 supporters.

It's a case of planes, trains, automobiles and ferries for Ospreylians travelling to the picturesque coastal city of Donostia-San Sebastián, where the Ospreys take on French side Biarritz on Saturday afternoon at the Estadio Anoeta, the home of Segunda Division football side Real Sociedad.

Over 300 fans will be travelling as part of the official charter trip that departs Cardiff Airport on Friday morning, with hundreds more either making their own way or heading off on the official bus trip which left the Liberty Stadium on Thursday morning.

Ospreys Managing Director, Roger Blyth, said that everybody at the region is looking forward to a great occasion:

"It's going to a fantastic weekend. We are heading off to play a game in Spain for the first time in our history, against a side that has been one of the leading outfits in Europe for a number of years, for a place in the last four of this season's Heineken Cup, so all the ingredients are there for a memorable occasion.

"We will be backed by a travelling army who will, I'm sure, be making this part of the Basque country a little corner of Ospreylia for the weekend. It's great to see so many fans making the trip, and I'm sure that they are going to have a great weekend. Wherever we go, we know that we can rely on our loyal fans to be there and provide valuable support for the team. This season alone they've made themselves heard in big games at Leicester, Viadana and Clermont Auvergne, and we will need them more than ever at the Estadio Anoeta on Saturday afternoon.

"There will be a big crowd, in the region of 30,000, and having experienced passionate French crowds previously, at Clermont Auvergne this season, and places like Perpignan and Bourgoin in previous years we know what to expect. The players are preparing hard for the big game, and will be doing their stuff on the pitch, but to hear the Ospreys supporters getting behind them amongst the noise from the French crowd will be a real inspiration for them.

"As a region, we really do appreciate the fantastic backing we get and we are grateful for the effort and the commitment from our supporters. We know that it can be an expensive business, which is why we want to reward them for their efforts. This weekend is going to be a special occasion. We want to hear the call of the Ospreys during the game, and hopefully, San Sebastian will be a happy place for Ospreylians this weekend."