Ospreys team to face Connacht

The Ospreys team to play Connacht on Saturday 26th November 2011 at The Sportsground, kick off at 6.30pm, will be as follows:

15 Barry Davies

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Richard Fussell

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Rhys Webb


1 Duncan Jones

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Ian Gough

5 James King

6 Tom Smith (Capt)

7 Chauncey O’Toole

8 Joe Bearman



16 Mefin Davies

17 Cai Griffiths

18 Joe Rees

19 James Goode

20 George Stowers

21 Tom Isaacs

22 Sonny Parker

23 Hanno Dirksen


Duncan Jones makes his 150th Ospreys appearance

Ian Gough makes his 100th Ospreys appearance

Chauncey O’Toole makes his first Ospreys start and his PRO12 debut


The following players were unavailable because of international duty:

Huw Bennett, Ryan Bevington, Dan Biggar, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Shane Williams are all with the Wales squad ahead of the Wales v Australia game

Tom Habberfield, Will Price and Tom Prydie are with Wales Sevens


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Thomas – Thigh

Kahn Fotuali’i – Rib

Adam Jones - Calf

Ben John - Groin

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Eli Walker - Shoulder

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL

Paul James – Thumb


Ospreys Head Coach, Sean Holley, commented:

“Connacht away at the Sportground is always a tough fixture It’s a difficult place to play with tough conditions and a partisan crowd, so it’s going to be a real experience for some of the youngsters in the squad who may not have played there before. We were very fortunate to secure the win at the Liberty earlier in the season so we are well aware of what to expect on Saturday night.


“The next two weeks provide a great opportunity for the group that started the season to work closely together again, to build on the fantastic start they got us off to in the PRO12 and to work to keep us up there at the top. Some of the boys who came in at the start of the season have stayed in the group for the fixtures since then, so that shows what’s at stake for boy coming in this week.


“Connacht away and then Munster home next Saturday will provide a real test of our strength in depth, but it’s an exciting time for us all. It’s up to us over the next couple of weeks to perform well, be clinical and accurate, and these boys can make a real impact. I’d like to think we’d have a decent crowd at the Liberty next weekend for the Munster game to cheer on the boys who’ve done so well for the cause in the early part of the season.”



Forthcoming fixtures

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