Ospreys team to face Aironi

The Ospreys team to play Aironi on Saturday 5th May 2012 at Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, kick off at 7.30pm (UK), will be as follows:


15 Richard Fussell

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Kahn Fotuali’i


1 Paul James

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Ian Evans

6 Tom Smith

7 Sam Lewis

8 Joe Bearman



16 Scott Baldwin

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Joe Rees

19 James King

20 George Stowers

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Tom Isaacs


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Justin Tipuric – Back spasm

Aaron Jarvis - Hamstring

Tommy Bowe – Haematoma

Kristian Phillips - Abdomen

Huw Bennett - Achilles

Will Price - ACL

Cai Griffiths - Arm

Ben John - Groin

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

“It’s important that we keep the momentum of the last couple of months going and we’ll expect the team to maintain the standards that they’ve set in the last few games. It’s easy for players to get distracted with a semi-final on the horizon, but the group has worked very hard this week and we’ve ensured that the focus has been firmly on Aironi and what will be a very difficult evening for us.


“The attitude of the team has been spot on over the last couple of months and they’ve got their reward for that with a home semi-final. It’s important moving on from here that we make sure that hard work isn’t wasted, and we kick on over the closing weeks of the season. What we’ve done before now won’t matter, what we’ll be judged on is how we perform in these do or die games at the end of the season and we want to ensure that we give our supporters something to be proud of.


“We’ll have a short turnaround given that we are traveling back on Sunday then at home in the semi-final on Friday night, but there is a real buzz about the place ahead of that game and we’ll all be looking forward to getting back to the Liberty. After the atmosphere at the last home game it’ll be good to be back in front of our fans who’ll be getting behind us in the push for the final.”


Forthcoming fixtures

Fri 11 May – RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off Semi-Final – Liberty Stadium – 7.35pm