Osprey team to face Biarritz

The Ospreys team to play Biarritz on Sunday 22nd January 2012 at Parc des Sports Aguilera, kick off at 2.00pm (local time), will be as follows:

15 Barry Davies

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb


1 Paul James

2 Huw Bennett

3 Adam Jones

4 Ian Gough

5 Ian Evans

6 Tom Smith

7 Justin Tipuric (Capt)

8 Jonathan Thomas



16 Richard Hibbard

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 Ryan Jones

20 Joe Bearman

21 Kahn Fotuali’i

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Shane Williams


Eli Walker makes his Heineken Cup debut

George Stowers is suspended


The following players were not considered because of injury:

James King - Ear

Richard Fussell – Ankle

Ben John - Groin

Joe Rees - Hamstring

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL


Ospreys Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson commented:

“The focus among our group has been excellent this week. It’s a big challenge that we face, but we know what we’ve got to do. There’s no margin for error on Sunday. We’ll know by kick-off time what we are playing for, if it’s a Heineken Cup place or an Amlin place, but one thing you can guarantee is that we’ll be giving it everything.


“Biarritz is always a difficult place to go, any French club is the same, particularly when we’re in a straight shoot-out for a qualification place. There’s a little bit of history between us after that magnificent quarter-final match a couple of years ago, and I’d expect another good match. They are a damn good team, but so can we be if we get our jobs right on the day.


“It’s important that we represent the region well, our fans will be looking to see that last weekend wasn’t a one-off. It was good to get some tries under our belt against difficult opponents that can be bloody tough to put away. We looked sharper, more clinical, but there’s plenty of room for improvement yet and no one is under any illusions that we can get anything in Biarritz if we under perform. Everyone will have to be on top of their game, play well, know their roles, and if we get that right, we’ll be hopeful of extending our European season into the knockout stages. I’m sure all our fans will be behind us on that score.”


Forthcoming fixtures

Fri 27 Jan – Ospreys v NG Dragons – Riverside Hardware Brewery Field – LV= Cup – 7.05pm

Sat 4 Feb – Worcester v Ospreys – Sixways – LV= Cup – 3.00pm

Fri 10 Feb – Edinburgh v Ospreys – Murrayfield – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.35pm