Ospreys Team Announcement

The Ospreys team to face Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League, at Liberty Stadium on Sunday 30th September, kick off at 3.00pm, will be as follows: -

15 Lee Byrne14 Stefan Terblanche13 Andrew Bishop12 Gavin Henson11 Jonathan Vaughton10 Shaun Connor
9 Justin Marshall

8 Filo Tiatia (Capt)7 Steve Tandy6 Tom Smith5 Andy Lloyd4 Brent Cockbain3 Cai Griffiths
2 Barry Williams 1 Paul James 16 Richard Hibbard17 Andrew Millward18 Lyndon Bateman19 Ben Lewis20 Martin Roberts21 Gareth Owen22 Aled Brew

We remind supporters that this fixture is not televised and tickets are still available from the Liberty Stadium ticket office

Commenting on the fixture, Head Coach, Lyn Jones:

"€œLast week we welcomed back Steve Tandy after almost six months out with injury and this week we are delighted to have both Lyndon Bateman and Gavin Henson back in the squad. On top of this we have Barry Williams reaching a landmark 100 competitive games in an Ospreys shirt. It is also significant that we also see Ian Evans named in a Wales starting line-up and these positives show that we are starting to build in a season that has so far seen us have three close defeats. Gavin, Ian and Lyndon missed much of the second half of last season and yet we still enjoyed the most successful season in our short history. Had these players been available to us it is not unrealistic to say that their presence could have tipped the balance in our favour, particularly in some of most hard fought and closest fixtures."€

"€œGlasgow suffered a bit of a going over against the Blues, although we recognise that a lot of teams get caught short at the start of a season. I certainly do not expect them to be as poor against us on Sunday and I am sure they will look to demonstrate the same positive intent they have shown in our previous fixtures. They are an extremely well organised and coached team and clearly they do a lot of work on their opposition. Glasgow have a lot of pace behind the scum and in Daryl Gibson they have a potential match winner, as he demonstrated on many occasions while he was with Leicester."€

Lyn further commented on what will be a notable match for Barry Williams:

"€œSean Holley and I will forever be grateful for the way Barry stepped forward to lead the Ospreys through a very difficult period in our first season. Barry is an inspirational leader, he is an Osprey though and through and he deserves everything the game can offer him, including being the first Osprey to reach the milestone of 100 competitive Appearances."€

Injury and squad availability news

Nikki Walker is representing Scotland and our eleven Wales 2007 Rugby World Cup squad players are again unavailable for this match. Our Wales RWC 2007 squad members are Shane Williams, Sonny Parker, James Hook, Mike Phillips, Jonathan Thomas, Ian Evans, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Gough, Adam Jones, Huw Bennett and Duncan Jones.

The following players are unavailable for selection due to injury:

David Bishop (knee) will return in November

Ryan Jones (shoulder) is progressing in line with expectations but an exact date for his return has still not been finalised

Fixture News

September/ October 2007 fixtures are as follows:

Sunday 30th September "€" Magners League - Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors "€" Liberty Stadium "€" 3.00pm

Friday 5th October "€" Magners League "€" Edinburgh Rugby v Ospreys "€" Murrayfield "€" 7.30pm

Sunday 14th October "€" Magners League "€" Ospreys v Munster "€" Liberty Stadium "€" 4.10pm

Saturday 27th October "€" EDF Energy Cup "€" Worcester Warriors v Ospreys "€" Sixways "€" 2.30pm