Get ready for a bumper month of action with three homes games across three different competitions this month as the Ospreys kick-off 2017 with a bang.
Connacht and Lyon visit the Liberty Stadium on the next two weekends, while Bristol are the opposition when the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field hosts an Anglo-Welsh Cup tie at the end of January.
Having won their last seven games across all three competitions, dating back to the Anglo-Welsh Cup win over Cardiff Blues in mid-November, the Ospreys are pushing on three fronts at the start of the New Year and the games are all crunch fixtures that will help shape the rest of the season.
First up sees Connacht crossing the Irish sea this weekend for a 1.30pm Saturday afternoon kick-off.
The reigning Guinness PRO12 champions arrive at the Liberty off the back of two Christmas derby defeats in Ireland, losing 23-7 to Ulster and 16-9 to Munster.
Prior to that, they had enjoyed back to back wins against the Blues (18-7) and Treviso (47-8) in the championship, while in Europe the double header against Aviva Premiership leaders Wasps saw home advantage tell, with both teams enjoying one win apiece.
With Guinness PRO12 leaders Munster Rugby in European action against Racing 92 in a rearranged Champions Cup fixture, a win would put second-placed Ospreys at the top of the table for the first time since Round 3 in September.
The following weekend sees attention turn to the European Rugby Challenge Cup when the Ospreys welcome Lyon to the Liberty for the first time (Sunday 15th January, 3pm).
The Ospreys defeated their French opponents 31-13 at Matmut Stadium in Round 2 back in October, Keelan Giles announcing himself on the European stage with a stunning hat-trick in a bonus point win.
All four of the Ospreys games in Europe this season have ended as bonus point victories, and the region top Pool 2, nine points ahead of Lyon, so a win would secure a place in the knockout stages of European competition for the first time since 2010. Defeat would bring Lyon right back into the equation with one round of fixtures remaining.
Tickets for both of these games are available to buy now at the Ticket Office and online at www.ospreysrugby.com/buytickets, priced from just £20 adults, £5 U16s.
After the Challenge Cup draws to a conclusion in Newcastle on Saturday 21st January, (5.00pm KO), the Ospreys head east to the home of Bridgend Ravens, to face Aviva Premiership side Bristol.
As is the case in Europe, the Ospreys are currently in pole position in this cross border competition as well, a losing bonus point against Harlequins at St Helen’s followed up by a five try, 31-7, away win against the Blues putting them at the top of the pool.
Bristol are currently one of the form teams, with four straight wins to their credit, back to back European victories over Pau followed by Premiership wins over Worcester and Sale.
The Bristol match is a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 28th January, with a large traveling support expected to be in attendance.
This match is covered by an Ospreys 2016/17 season membership and, to enable matchday planning and ensure nobody is disappointed, members have until Wednesday 25th January to secure their match ticket by contacting the Ticket Office, as has been the case in previous seasons for Anglo-Welsh Cup games played away from the Liberty Stadium. This deadline assists with crowd planning for the game.
After that cut-off date their ticket cannot be guaranteed and membership cards will not be accepted at the ground on the night.
Premium season members have the option of a ticket for the stand, on a first come, first served basis, with standard members allocated a ticket for the terrace. After the members’ cut-off on 25th January, any unsold stand tickets will go on general sale.
For non-season members, ticket prices for this game £12 for adults, £10 concessions, with U16s free. All general sale tickets are terrace only. Tickets are on sale at the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office and at www.ospreysrugby.com/buytickets.
Meanwhile, all three of these fixtures are included in a half-season ticket, available to buy now at the Ticket Office. From just £99, you can enjoy all seven remaining scheduled home fixtures, which also includes games against Munster, Glasgow, Leinster and Ulster in the race for the play-offs. Click HERE now to buy yours…