Ospreys team to face Aironi

The Ospreys team to play Aironi at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella on Friday 6th May 2011, kick off at 8.05pm (local time), will be as follows:


15 Richard Fussell

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 James Hook

11 Nikki Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb


1 Paul James

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Ryan Jones

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Justin Tipuric

7 Marty Holah

8 Jonathan Thomas



16 Huw Bennett

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Duncan Jones

19 Ian Gough

20 Tom Smith

21 Tom Isaacs

22 Ashley Beck

23 Sonny Parker


Dan Biggar requires two points to become only the second Ospreys player to reach 500 in the Magners League


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Spratt – ACL

Morgan Allen – Ankle

Tom Prydie – ACL

Jamie Nutbrown – Shoulder

Craig Cross – Hamstring

Ben John – Wrist

Shane Williams – Knee

Craig Mitchell – Shoulder

Ben Thomas – Knee

Richard Kelly – Lower leg

Lee Byrne – Knee


Jerry Collins is absent due to a one-match suspension after receiving three yellow cards during this season’s Magners League


Head Coach, Sean Holley, commented:

“It’s gone down to the wire and we are left in a position where we have to go out and give everything on Friday night and hopefully, get our reward. It’s important that we concentrate on ourselves, that the boys know their roles and responsibilities, that they carry them out to the best of their abilities and we don’t allow ourselves to get distracted by what may be happening elsewhere.

“It’s not going to be an easy 80 minutes, they are a very tough nut to crack. Look at their results at home this season and you’ve seen that they’ve given some very good teams a close call. Add into the mix that Rowland will, I’m sure, want to take our scalp, and you’ll see that we have to be professional and do a job.

“I expect to see champion spirit, and a champion’s performance from us. Nothing less than that will be good enough.”