Ospreys team to face Cardiff Blues

The Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 2nd April 2011, kick off at 6.30pm, will be as follows:


15 Richard Fussell

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Sonny Parker

12 James Hook

11 Nikki Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb


1 Paul James

2 Huw Bennett

3 Adam Jones

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Ian Evans

6 Ryan Jones

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Jerry Collins



16 Richard Hibbard

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Cai Griffiths

19 Ian Gough

20 Jonathan Thomas

21 Mike Phillips

22 Andrew Bishop

23 Lee Byrne

Cai Griffiths will make his 100th Ospreys appearance if he comes off the bench


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Spratt – ACL

Gareth Owen – Knee

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


Head Coach, Sean Holley, commented:

“It’s a big game, as these matches always are, and there’s more at stake then usual with the play-offs places up for grabs. Both teams will be looking for the win that will keep them well in contention, so I’m expecting a pretty tough 80 minutes and a really close game.

“It was very disappointing last weekend, and we have to improve hugely on that performance if we are going to do well against the Blues. The players know that, and they’ve worked hard in training this week. They’ve really showed good endeavour, they realise how badly they performed in Edinburgh and want to set the record straight. What better stage for that is there than in a Welsh derby at the Liberty Stadium in front of a big crowd? It’ll be good to see plenty of Ospreys fans there backing their team and playing their part, it should be a great atmosphere.

“We’ve got to do the basics right, be clinical and diligent, know our own roles, do our homework on the opposition and make sure we prepare correctly. If we do that, then we should get a good performance and get our play-off push back on track.”

Forthcoming fixtures

Fri 15 Apr – Newport Gwent Dragons V Ospreys – Rodney Parade – Magners League – 7.05pm

Sat 23 Apr – Ospreys V Munster – Liberty Stadium – Magners League – 6.30pm

Fri 6 May – Aironi V Ospreys – Stadio Luigi Zaffanella – Magners League – 7.05pm (UK time)