Ospreys team to face Benetton Treviso

The Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso on Saturday 19th November 2011 at Stadio Comunale di Monigo, kick off at 2.30pm (local time), will be as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Shane Williams

10 Dan Biggar

9 Kahn Fotuali’i


1 Duncan Jones

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Ryan Jones

5 Ian Evans

6 George Stowers

7 Justin Tipuric/Chauncey O’Toole

8 Jonathan Thomas/Joe Bearman



16 Mefin Davies

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 Ian Gough

20 Joe Bearman/Tom Smith

21 Rhys Webb

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Tom Isaacs


Justin Tipuric will undergo a late fitness test on the ankle injury that forced him off at half-time last weekend

Jonathan Thomas will undergo a late fitness test on a thigh problem picked up in training this week

Matthew Morgan will make his Heineken Cup debut if he comes off the bench

Chauncey O’Toole will make his first Ospreys start and his Heineken Cup debut if Justin Tipuric fails his fitness test

Justin Tipuric will captain the team if fit. If not, Shane Williams will captain the team


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Huw Bennett – Neck

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Eli Walker - Shoulder

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL

Paul James – Thumb


Ospreys Director of Coach, Scott Johnson, commented:

“It’s going to be a tough outing, it really is. The days of just rolling up in Italy and expecting five points are long gone. Leicester found that out in Aironi last weekend, the Dragons recently had a 50 pointer against Treviso, and we were extremely fortunate to get a win out there earlier in the season.


“We got off to a winning start against Biarritz, and a result against them is never to be underestimated. But, that hard work will be wasted if we aren’t able to back it up on Saturday. The guys have worked hard, they know what they’ve got to do and they know the areas that we have to improve in from last week.


“In any game, the first challenge is to do the basics right, be clinical, be accurate, and know your roles. If we get those aspects rights, then the performance will follow. We’re going into the game with our eyes wide open, we know what we need to do, which is to make sure we are still well and truly alive by the time the Saracens double header comes around next month.”


Forthcoming fixtures

Sat 26 Nov – Connacht v Ospreys – The Sportsground - RaboDirect PRO12 – 6.30pm

Sat 3 Dec – Ospreys v Munster – Liberty Stadium – RaboDirect PRO12 – 6.30pm

Sat 10 Dec – Saracens v Ospreys – Wembley Stadium – Heineken Cup – 6.00pm

Fri 16 Dec – Ospreys v Saracens – Liberty Stadium – Heineken Cup – 8.00pm

Mon 26 Dec – Scarlets v Ospreys – Parc Y Scarlets – RaboDirect PRO12 – 2.05pm

Sun 1 Jan – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues – Liberty Stadium – RaboDirect PRO12 – 6.30pm