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Ospreys announce team to face Zebre Parma

Ospreys have named their squad to face Zebre Parma in Round 13 of the BKT URC. The game will take place at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi and is kicking off on Sunday 29th January at 3pm UK time and 4pm local time.

The team is heavily changed from the Ospreys’ historic win over Leicester Tigers last week, with 15 players being called up to Warren Gatland’s Wales squad.

Stephen Myler returns from injury and finds a place on the bench while Nicky Smith is set to captain the side. Elvis Taione is set to start at hooker, with new signing Tom Cowan-Dickie picking up a place on the bench.

With the injuries to Sam Parry and Dewi Lake, and Scott Baldwin receiving a Wales call up in Dewi’s place, the Ospreys took the opportunity to bring in Cowan-Dickie as a replacement.

The Ospreys bench sees a few youngsters come into the fold, with Iestyn Hopkins in line to possibly make his debut.

Starting XV:

15. Max Nagy

14. Luke Morgan

13. Michael Collins

12. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler

11. Keelan Giles

10. Jack Walsh

9. Reuben Morgan-Williams


1. Nicky Smith ©

2. Elvis Taione

3. Tom Botha

4. Bradley Davies

5. Huw Sutton

6. Jack Regan

7. Harri Deaves

8. Morgan Morris




16. Tom Cowan-Dickie

17. Garyn Phillips

18. Rhys Henry

19. James Fender

20. Tristan Davies

21. Matthew Aubrey

22. Stephen Myler

23. Iestyn Hopkins


Head Coach, Toby Booth, said: “Zebre are a team that like to play in the right areas of the pitch. They can be unpredictable.

“They’ll see an opportunity, being at home and with the players we have that are unavailable for selection. But we see this game as a great opportunity to see where our next crop of players are and to keep the momentum going.”