Ospreys team to face Cardiff Blues

The Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues on Friday 31st December 2010 at The Cardiff City Stadium, kick off at 2.05pm, will be as follows:


15 Barry Davies

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 James Hook

11 Richard Fussell

10 Dan Biggar

9 Jamie Nutbrown


1 Paul James

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Ian Gough

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Jerry Collins

7 Marty Holah

8 Jonathan Thomas



16 Huw Bennett

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Craig Mitchell

19 Ian Evans

20 Ryan Jones

21 Mike Phillips

22 Sonny Parker

23 Nikki Walker

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Spratt – ACL

Ben Lewis – Neck

Ben John – Wrist

Shane Williams – Shoulder

Conor McInerney – Knee

Lee Byrne – Thumb


Ospreys Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys, said:

“It’s a chance to build on the result against the Scarlets. We’ve been a little unfortunate in terms of the ability to train together on the field because of the weather since the players returned from international duty, so we’ve had to use game time as a vehicle to get this team back up to the level where we think they should be.

“It was great to get a positive result at the weekend, and there was a lot of good things on display, but looking at the overall performances there are a number of concerns as well. The win doesn’t mean anything if we don’t back it up come Friday with another improved performance to show we are growing as a team.

“All our players want to be involved in the local derbies, just as the fans want to be there to enjoy the special atmosphere. It harks back to old school values and we are looking forward to what we anticipate will be a pretty ferocious contest.

“I think the Blues will try to be physical against us, they will try to come at us up front, and they will come hard at us at the breakdown area. They’ve got a good squad full of quality players, and they will have had the benefit of not having played at the weekend meaning they have had longer time to prepare. It’s up to us to make sure we are on top of our game.

“The scrum will be a key area, it’s always an interesting battle and is very much about the referee’s interpretation. Reputations and who feels they have the best scrum going into the game counts for nothing, it’s quite easy to come undone in this area.”

Forthcoming fixtures

Fri 7 Jan – Leinster V Ospreys – RDS Showground – Magners League – 7.35pm

Sun 16 Jan – London Irish V Ospreys – Madejski Stadium – Heineken Cup – 3.00pm

Sat 22 Jan – Ospreys V Toulon – Liberty Stadium – Heineken Cup – 3.30pm