Ospreys team to face Edinburgh

The Ospreys team to face Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday 23rd November, KO 19.05, is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Tom Isaacs

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Jonathan Spratt

11 Eli Walker

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Rhys Webb


1 Ryan Bevington

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Owen Williams

4 Lloyd Peers

5 James King

6 George Stowers

7 Sam Lewis

8 Joe Bearman (Capt)



16 Duncan Jones

17 Matthew Dwyer

18 Nicky Thomas

19 Ian Gough

20 Morgan Allen

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Sam Davies

23 Ross Jones


Andrew Bishop makes his 181st Ospreys appearance, setting a new record for the region

Owen Williams makes his RaboDirect PRO12 debut

Nicky Thomas and Sam Davies will make their RaboDirect PRO12 debuts if they come off the bench


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Alun Wyn Jones – Shoulder

Hanno Dirksen – Knee

Joe Rees – Neck

Jonathan Thomas - Groin

Adam Jones – Knee

Tom Smith - Groin


Richard Hibbard, Aaron Jarvis, Ian Evans, Justin Tipuric, Ryan Jones, Dan Biggar, Ashley Beck and Kahn Fotuali’i are all unavailable on international duty.

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“This is the first of two big PRO12 games over the next couple of weeks that will really test us. Edinburgh away and then Cardiff Blues home are always tough games, and there’s no doubt that we are going to have to show plenty of spirit, commitment and desire on and off the pitch if we are going to get what we want from these matches.

“There’s a lot of responsibility on some young shoulders during international periods and it’s been pleasing to see players stepping up to the mark and really taking their chances. What equally important to us is the input of senior guys like Duncan, Bearman, Gough and Fussell. We’ve kept hold of a group of experienced players who have the right attitude, knowing that we can mould younger players around them.

“International commitments and injuries mean that our resources are being pushed to the limit but there’s a great spirit in the group going into this game. Like us, Edinburgh will be hit by national call-ups as well, but I think that makes these periods all the more exciting. We get to see what strength in depth there is out there, we unearth a few hidden gems, and we get to see some young Ospreys making their mark. We’ve got some boys involved who have come through the age-grade system but we’ve also had to dig deep into the Premiership as well, and it’s a great opportunity for those guys.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 30 Nov – 19.05KO – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues – RaboDirect PRO12

Sat 8 Dec – 14.35KO – Toulouse v Ospreys – Heineken Cup

Sat 15 Dec – 13.35KO – Ospreys v Toulouse – Heineken Cup

Wed 26 Dec – 17.30KO – Ospreys v Scarlets – RaboDirect PRO12

Mon 31 Dec – 16.15KO – Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12