Ospreys players will wear white armbands when they play Benetton Treviso on Saturday afternoon as a mark of respect to the four victims of the tragedy at Gleision Colliery in Cilybebyll.
The team arrived in northern Italy earlier this evening ahead of the fixture at Stadio Comunale di Monigo, from where they have requested to make the gesture at the game. With the Ospreys wearing a black strip for the match, instead of the usual black armband they will wear a white one.
Ospreys Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Hore, commented:
“The thoughts and prayers of everybody at the Ospreys are right now with all those involved with the events at Gleision Colliery, especially the families of the four miners. The tragic scenes unfolding have had an effect on everybody here, as they have across the country and beyond, and the small gesture of wearing armbands is the players way of showing support for the local community.”
There will then be a one minute silence at the Liberty Stadium next weekend, ahead of the game against Ulster on Sunday 25th September, allowing supporters to join players, staff and management in paying respect to Charles Breslin, Phillip Hill, Garry Jenkins and David Powell, who sadly lost their lives in the tragedy.